Google reportedly working on a new feature that will allow users to mute audio even when they are not on the active tab where the audio is playing.
According to various reports a new flag named ‘Tab audio muting UI control’ has been spotted on the latest builds of Chrome Canary. On enabling the flag, users will be able to mute audio playing in the background with a single click.
Meanwhile, at the moment the browser shows a speaker indicator on the tab where the audio is playing and you can mute the audio by opening the right-click menu on a tab. However, in the future update, you don’t have to go through the extra steps and can easily mute the audio with one click.
Reddit user Leopeva spotted the new flag to mute the audio in the tab. Additionally, the commit message in the flag notes that it is an experiment to decide whether the new button should stay.
Now, if you want to check out and experiment with this feature, you can download and install the newest version of Chrome Canary for Windows, macOS, or Linux.
Once you have downloaded Chrome Canary, navigate to chrome://flags and search for the ‘Tab audio muting UI control’ and enable the flag. Now, you need to restart the Chrome browser for changes to reflect. On restarting, you will see teh mute button.
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