Google is testing play/pause button for Chrome’s toolbar

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global media controls play-pause button chrome toolbar

Google might quickly include a play/pause button to its Chrome web browser that would make it possible to play or pause a video from any tab. A current release of Chrome’s Canary development version has a new feature called Global Media Controls, as per Techdows, ZDNet, and others. Next, to the URL box and bookmark star, a play button will appear. By clicking it, you can play, pause or forward/backward a video without going to the video itself.

The feature might be especially helpful for stopping any irritating auto-play videos, or managing a YouTube video if you change to another tab. Google just recently eliminated the capability to silence tabs by clicking the speaker icon, though you can still right-click on a tab to completely silence a website. Global Media Controls are more flexible, however, especially for radical YouTube watchers, and you will not require to trail down any auto-play tabs.

It could manage both audio and video, however not on all websites. The feature is very buggy, crashing quite much continuously when tried to use it. It is still in early testing, and if Google chooses to bake it into the primary web browser, it will no doubt work perfectly.

How to use Global Media Control UI in chrome browser

  1. Download Chrome Canary
  2. Visit chrome://flags
  3. Search for Global
  4. Find Global Media Controls flag
  5. Select Enabled and restart the browser
Global Media Controls Flag

Above will enable the Global Media Controls UI in the toolbar. After enabling this feature, visit YouTube and play any video, a play icon will appear on the toolbar, click on it to see the media controls UI.

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