Google Chrome to let users permanently mute annoying video ads that play sound automatically – The Independent
Google has developed a tool that lets you permanently mute websites that automatically play videos with sound.
It’s an extremely irritating problem, and the new option will be welcomed by the majority of internet users.
Videos – often ads – that play with sound can be distracting, especially if you’re trying to watch or listen to something at the time.
11 hidden Google Chrome features you didn’t know existed
There are a lot of Easter Eggs hidden in Chrome, and more and more are discovered each year. One of our favourites is the dinosaur game. The next time you fail to connect to the internet on Chrome, tap the spacebar.
It’s also worth Googling “barrel roll”, “zerg rush”, “super mario bros” (and clicking the question mark graphic), “festivus”, “recursion”, “askew” and “atari breakout” (and then clicking Images).
If you tend to browse with a lot of tabs open at once, you can clear up the clutter by pinning the ones you’re least likely to close. Right-click them and select Pin Tab. They’ll automatically shrink and slide left.
You can save some battery life by sacrificing performance. In Settings, scroll down to the System section and uncheck the box reading Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed. We wouldn’t recommend having this feature enabled all the time, but it could come in handy if you’re nowhere near a charger.
There are loads of Chrome Extensions available, but one of the most useful is Google’s Data Saver. It compresses the pages you visit to reduce data usage and speed up loading times.
Make multiple profiles
If you use multiple Google accounts, for work and for personal use, for instance, you can keep your bookmarks and browsing history for each account separate by creating individual profiles. Go to Settings, Manage People and Add Person.
This is also handy for when you lend your computer to a friend, and you don’t want them to have access to your internet history.
Many users would prefer it if Chrome downloaded files straight to the desktop, but by default it sends them to your Downloads folder. You can change this by going to Settings, opening the Show Advanced Settings menu, clicking Downloads and choosing your preferred destination.
To see cookies and permissions for every site you visit, click the View Site Information symbol on the left-hand edge of the omnibar. It will also let you quickly control things like Popup and Location settings.
You can quickly find out which pages are using up the most memory and slowing down your browsing experience by opening the burger menu, going down to More Tools and opening the Chrome Task Manager.
When you’re online and need to do a quick sum, you don’t have to hunt down your computer calculator or whip out your phone. Just type it into the Chrome omnibar and hit Enter.
If there’s a certain set of pages you always open when you turn your computer on, you can get Chrome to open them automatically when you launch the browser. In Settings, click Set Pages in the On Startup section, and choose the ones you want.
Search Gmail from omnibar
You can search your gmail inbox directly from the omnibar by going to Settings, Manage Search Engines, scrolling to the bottom and pasting https://mail.google.com/mail/ca/u/0/#apps/%s into the box on the right-hand side.
To turn one off, you usually need to stop what you’re doing, figure out which background tab it’s playing from and then scroll down the page to actually find it.
Google is only experimenting with the feature right now, according to Chromium evangelist François Beaufort, so it’s not currently available to Chrome users.
“This will give you more control about which website is allowed to throw sound at you automatically,” he said in a Google+ post.
You can, however, try it out in Chrome Canary, an experimental and unstable version of the browser.
The mute feature is off by default though, so you’ll first have to enable it by running Canary with the “–enable-features=SoundContentSetting” switch.
Once that’s on, you can mute a website by clicking the View Site Information symbol – it may look like a padlock – on the left-hand edge of the omnibar and selecting Sound.
Once you mute a website, it won’t automatically play videos with sound again until you unmute it.