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How to control the volume of other web pages when listening to web radio

Shut down the volume on other pages and tabs

Listening to web radio

Do you find that ads and videos disturb your web radio listening? Our Helproom Editor explains how to listen to web radio, music or a podcast on one web browser window or tab without being disturbed by noises from the rest of your web browsing session.

QUESTION I frequently use my favourite Web browser (Google Chrome) to listen to Internet radio, however I often have many other browser windows open which make their own sound. Sometimes, these other noisy pages don't have volume controls on them. How can I control their audio volume independently of my radio show, which is the main focus of my listening?

HELPROOM ANSWER Audio is an area which is still problematic in many current browsers, especially when it comes to managing multiple windows and tabs. We don't know of a way to achieve this in Chrome, but a simple solution would be to open your radio show in another browser, such as Internet Explorer, and restricting the rest of your browsing to Chrome. If you're using Windows Vista or later, you can control the volume of Internet Explorer independently of Chrome.

Click on the speaker icon in the notification area, then click Mixer when the single volume slider appears. If your speaker icon isn't there, go to the Control Panel and find the Sound options. Set the volume to your desired level, and you are done.

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