Google Chrome mute tab by clicking speaker icon will likely be available soon

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It has now been a few decades since the end of the browser war between Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator. Although Microsoft came out on top, it feels like Google Chrome has dominated the internet for eternity.

Released in 2008, Chrome was quickly adopted by the majority of Internet users and became the most popular browser in 2012. To date, it has managed to maintain its place with more than 2.65 billion users worldwide.

Google developers are constantly working to improve the browser by introducing new features and modifying existing ones.

That being said, a few years ago Google introduced a feature that allowed users to mute tabs by clicking the speaker icon.

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However, Google Chrome removed the option to mute tabs by (left) clicking the speaker icon, and instead right-click the icon and select “Silence mute” in the list of menu items, which is inconvenient for some.

A Chromium developer named Peter Kasting reportedly explained on Reddit in 2018 why the button was removed. Here is what they said.

The official reason is a combination of a lot of factors, but primarily that it’s a symptomatic band-aid that doesn’t fix the underlying issues that cause people to disable tabs, and we should move on time to solve these problems. . Contributing factors include the potential risk of data loss, code complexity, behavioral complexity, and confusing interactions with site-wide mute features that the general user base finds more compelling.
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But fast forwarding to 2022, it looks like the ability to mute tabs by clicking the speaker icon button might be making a comeback since Google has already restored it to Chrome Canary using the global media controls mute button.

If you’re using Chrome Canary, you can try it out by enabling the “Tab audio muting UI control” flag. However, it looks like Google removed the hover and double-click behavior and turned it into a simple toggle.

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But it is still unknown whether the mute tab button will be available in the stable version of Google Chrome.

If we look at the commit, the owner said that Google will conduct an experiment that will be available to 1% of people running the stable version of Chrome.

Our plan is to run an experiment to compare the use of disabling tabs with the use of the global media control to help determine if users would actually use this feature and if so, whether we should place the control in tabs strip or in the global media control. After several rounds of discussions, we finally got the approval of [email protected] to launch a 1% Stable tab disable experiment!
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It seems that based on feedback from the experiment, the Chrome developers will decide whether it’s worth adding the speaker button to the tab strip.

That said, if you’re part of the experiment and want Google to permanently add the Mute tab button to the Chrome tab strip, be sure to use it heavily so feedback gets to Google. , otherwise they might delete it completely.

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