Spot the noisy browser tab
MANILA, Philippines - There’s nothing more frustrating than a browser tab gone rogue - one that blares audio in the background while staying hidden no matter how many times you look.
Thankfully Google’s Chrome browser includes a new feature that’ll help you identify that rogue tab or 2 or 3.
If you’re using the latest version of Chrome, a speaker/volume icon appears on tabs that are playing audio. You’ll see the icon even if you have more than 20 tabs open, and on each tab in case there is more than one tab is playing audio at the same time.
Of course there are caveats.
The trick won't work on some media players that don't route audio through the browser. Quicktime, for example, sends audio directly to your operating system, so if you were playing a video on Apple.com you wouldn't get the indicator. It also won't work if the site you're on uses Microsoft's Silverlight.
Chrome will also let you know if one of the tabs is accessing your camera or microphone, and if content is being captured or recorded. The idicator for that is a red dot.
The update has been around on since October of 2013. If you don't see the indicator, make sure to update Chrome browser. To do so locate the Chrome Menu on your browser toolbar and select Update Google Chrome.
Another way around this would be to download the Chrome extension MuteTab, but that route will require you to dive into your browser's menu - not as straightforward as solution is you ask me. - Rappler.com