I open nearly all my links in new tabs. So, say I just opened a YouTube video, but then found another video on the right hand side that is better, I open it in a new tab, and hear both videos playing at the same time.

So, I'm looking for a chrome extension that:

  • can automatically mute all tabs except for the active one
  • can preferably pause any videos playing in those tabs (optional)

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I found an extension that mutes everything but the active tab.

I tested it on YouTube. When I switched tabs, the other tab muted itself, but unfortunately the extension does not pause the video.

It's called Mute Inactive Tabs, on the Chrome Web Store.


The free Chrome extension MuteTab used to be able to do that but it doesn't seem to work anymore, at least for me with YouTube videos.

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As of now, Google Chrome doesn't provide any easy access for extensions to mute a tab:

  • ok, +1. i didn't think of ckecking the Chrome API to see if this was possible. Aug 12, 2014 at 22:44
  • I found an extension that works! See my new answer, in case you're interested :) Sep 28, 2014 at 16:16

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