Figure Out Which Chrome Tab Is Playing That Annoying Video [OS X Tips]

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Have you ever been browsing the internet, opening new tabs, and blithely going about your business when all of a sudden, out of nowhere, an ad begins blaring at you from one of your various tabbed windows?

This can happen in Safari or Chrome (or any other browser, really), but Chrome has a new feature that will let you find the guilty, noisy culprit and shut it down.

You’ll need to be running the latest version of Google’s Chrome web browser, so be sure to download it from Google, as Chrome will automatically update to the latest version once you’re running it on your Mac. My Macbook Pro is running Chrome Version 32.0.1700.77 at the time of publishing, if that helps you figure it out.

Once updated, find yourself a web page with audio or video on it. This can be a YouTube video, an auto-play ad on a website, a snippet of music on Soundcloud, or even your own video or audio on Dropbox. Once the media starts playing in a tab or window, Chrome calls it out with a little icon to the left and right of the tab’s title.

So now, when you hear some annoyingly loud auto-play video but it’s not happening in your current tab while using Chrome, you can quickly glance up a the tabs along the top and find the offending tab. Simply click the X button to close that tab out, and the sound will stop. Hooray!

  • nico_steger

    Sorry to say that but Safari does that since 1 year or more

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