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How to Locate Which Open Tab is Playing Audio in Google Chrome


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This article was last updated on January 25, 2014.

The invention and evolution of tabbed browsing has changed the way we surf the Web, taking multitasking to a whole new level. It is not uncommon to have a dozen or more tabs open at the same time, skipping back and forth between email, news, banking, and other sites. If you're like me, double digit open tabs are an everyday occurrence. And if you're like me, you've probably found yourself in a situation where audio begins suddenly - and unexpectedly - emanating from one of these tabs. The source of this audio is usually an annoying advertisement or a video that just decided to start playing, and can be quite jarring; especially if your speaker volume is cranked up high.

The solution here seems simple enough, right? Just close the tab. It isn't always this cut and dry, however, as locating the problem tab can prove to be tricky. Thankfully the developers at Google have implemented a quick fix in the Chrome browser, displaying a notation whenever an open tab is playing any type of audio. This tutorial shows you how to quickly find the sound and silence it without having to rummage wildly through a bunch of Web pages.

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