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Chrome Now Lets You Mute Noisy Sites Forever: Here's How

Google is rolling out a new version of Google Chrome, Chrome 64, to Windows, Mac and Linux users, and it will allow you to finally make websites with noisy autoplaying videos shut up. 

Credit: Andrew Freedman/Laptop Mag

(Image credit: Andrew Freedman/Laptop Mag)

All you have to do is right click on a tab and click "mute site," and it will be permanently muted. No more mashing on the volume down button in the middle of an otherwise peaceful office. If you ever do want to watch a video on those sites, though, you'll still have to unmute it.

Additionally, Chrome 64 includes 53 security fixes including protections against Meltdown and Spectre. And, for Windows users, High Dynamic Range (HDR) support is here. HDR requires the user have a discrete GPU, the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, and, of course, an HDR compatible monitor.

Chrome 64 is rolling out in the coming days, but you can force the update by going to settings or by restarting your instance of Chrome.

This article originally appeared on Laptop Mag.

  • jodath79
    When will this feature come to the Google Chrome web browswer on Chromebooks?
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  • AndrewFreedman
    20648363 said:
    When will this feature come to the Google Chrome web browswer on Chromebooks?

    The beta channel for Chrome OS was just updated to version 64, so it may be a couple of weeks until you see a stable version. See dev notes here: https://chromereleases.googleblog.com/2018/01/beta-channel-update-for-chrome-os_26.html


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  • velocityg4
    The irony being an autoplay ad started when reading the article.

    I'd rather they made it mute by default. Even better, block videos from loading at all unless I clear a site as OK. It's a real pain having to clear sites in uMatrix and NoScript. Since it often isn't clear which scripts are necessary for a page to work and which are annoying ads or trackers.
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  • AndrewFreedman
    20648480 said:
    The irony being an autoplay ad started when reading the article.

    I'd rather they made it mute by default. Even better, block videos from loading at all unless I clear a site as OK. It's a real pain having to clear sites in uMatrix and NoScript. Since it often isn't clear which scripts are necessary for a page to work and which are annoying ads or trackers.

    That's not good. Videos on Tom's Guide aren't supposed to autoplay with sound. I'm going to forward this onto the appropriate people make sure this gets looked into.
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  • jodath79
    Thanks for the reply! :-)
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