Last updated: March 20, 2018
The Google Chrome web browser displays a speaker icon in a tab as an indicator when a site plays sound. If you don’t want to hear sound, there is no need to mute your entire system sound. Users may simply mute the sound originating from the site — if you know how to mute sites in Google Chrome.
When the sound indicator is present in a Chrome tab, users must right-click on the tab, and select Mute site from the right-click menu. In older versions of Chrome, users were required to first enable tab audio muting UI control under Flags, then click the speaker icon to mute sound in that tab. Unfortunately, the speaker icon itself is no longer clickable for muting purposes.
With a site muted, the sound indicator changes to include a diagonal strike-through. To unmute sound for the site, right-click on the tab and choose Unmute site from the right-click menu.
The option to Mute and Unmute sites is present in the right-click menu regardless of whether sound is playing. This lets a user pre-mute a site even when no sound is playing, and no sound indicator is present. A site remains muted even when you change locations within that tab until you manually unmute it.
View Site Information
You can also modify the Sound settings for a site by clicking the View site information button (with the padlock) next to the address bar.
Click the Sound pull-down menu to choose Use global default (Allow), Always allow on this site, or Always block on this site as the new sound function for the site.
To see advanced functions for any site, including Sound, click the Site Settings link at the base of the site information pop-up window. Keep an eye out for a tab’s sound indicator icon if you expect to hear sound from a site you visit, but don’t. It might be that a site you muted in the past remains muted.
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