Thursday, 9 July 2015

Google Chrome Fun Tips

When you have a dozen browser tabs open, it can be hard to know which ones have sound playing that you would like to turn off. Chrome has long had a popular solution -- it places a little speaker icon on every tab with active sound. It is one of Chrome's most popular features. The feature does leave some room for improvement, though. Even when you do know which tab has sound, it can still take some work to know where on the page the offending media player is (some pages can have tiny video players buried three-quarters of the way down).

The latest version of Chrome has a one-click mute function right on the tab. Since the feature is still experimental, it isn't turned on by default. It needs to be manually enabled before it will work. Doing it is easy.
Enter the string chrome://flags in the address bar and hit enter. This should open up a very long list of experimental features that you get to try out with Chrome. Use Ctrl-F to look for the feature that you want on the list -- Audio muting . When you find it, you simply need to click Enable . Then, you should shut down Chrome, and also exit the Chrome taskbar manager (you'll find it in the notification area; click on the little arrow).
When you get Chrome up and running again, you should have a clickable volume icon on every tab playing sound.

There is an even better way available
Rather than go after every noisemaking tab that you have, you can make sure that streaming media never starts spontaneously. It's an idea that can help you avoid much agitation - especially when you are connected to speakers, and an expected blast of sound is likely to alert everyone that about what exactly are doing.
Type the string chrome://chrome/settings/content into chrome's address bar. When the plug-ins page opens, you should scroll down to the plug-ins section. The radio button in front of run automatically is selected by default. You simply need to check the click to play button instead.
Other browsers have similar workarounds - Safari, Internet Explorer have different settings that you can access for the same effect.

Make Chrome faster -- give it more memory
You can potentially make Chrome much faster with a simple trick -- dedicating more memory to it. It's an experimental feature that you'll need to access through the same flags area described above. Type chrome://flags into the address bar, and hit Enter . When Chrome's Flags page of experimental features opens up, use Ctrl-F to find the item called Maximum titles for interest area . Click on the down arrow, and choose 512 . This gives Chrome guaranteed access to a certain amount of memory, and makes it snappier. It works both on computers and on Android.

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