Hotkeys to mute tabs in Google Chrome

As you might be knowing, Google Chrome has a nice audio indicator for tabs which produce sounds or music. If you open a YouTube video in some tab, that tab will have a speaker icon. Today we will see how to mute all tabs at once using only the keyboard.
google chrome logo bannerUsing a special flag, you can enable tab muting in Google Chrome so each tab gets a mute button. We described it in the following article: How to mute audio for a tab in Google Chrome. After doing it, you can mute tabs by clicking the audio indicator in the tab.

Tip: Mute several tabs at once in Google Chrome.

This is quite useful, however, this method does not offer any option to mute tabs using the keyboard.muted tab featured

For keyboard users who prefer using hotkeys to operate faster, a special extension called Mute Tab Shortcuts is available for Chrome. It offers much needed functionality which Google should have included in the browser.

The extension adds a number of hotkeys you can use to mute the current tab or all tabs. These hotkeys are as follows:

  • Alt + Shift + M - mute the current (active) tab.
  • Alt + Shift + , - mute all open tabs.
  • Alt + Shift + . - unmute all tabs.

To get it working, do the following:

  1. Enable the tab muting flag as mentioned HERE.
  2. Next, install the Mute Tab Shortcuts extension from the Chrome Web Store.

That's it. You are done. If you are using Firefox or Opera, you might be interested in reading the following articles:

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