Google tests a new feature in Chrome Canary currently that gives you options to silence websites in Chrome permanently so that they are blocked from playing audio.
Audio is an important part of the Internet, especially when it comes to multimedia content and entertainment in general.
Audio can be annoying as well, for instance when sites play video ads with audio, play videos with audio, or play audio to notify the user. Basically, any playback of audio that is not user initiated is problematic from a usability point of view.
Most web browsers come with options to mute sites open in the browser. Some display icons on the tab bar of the browser that users can click to mute the site, others require that users right-click on tabs to mute the site in question.
Google tests a new feature in the company's Chrome browser currently that gives users an option to silence websites permanently.
A site that is silenced this way cannot play audio anymore in the browser. This is different to Chrome's tab muting functionality as tab muting is only temporarily while audio muting is permanently.
The feature is tested in Chrome Canary only currently. Chrome users who are interested in giving it a try need to run Chrome Canary with a special parameter to enable it.
Here is how that is done on Windows:
This adds sound to the browser's content settings, and you may use the new option to control sound in two ways in the browser afterwards:
The new Sound content setting adds several interesting options to Chrome. You can disallow sound on specific sites that you visit regularly for instance, or you may disallow sound completely and allow it only on specific sites that you want sound to be enabled on.
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