Here’s a quick tip. If you’re browsing one of those ancient local news websites that include autoplay videos, there’s a feature in Google Chrome that can allow you to permanently mute offending websites with one simple click.
The feature which was introduced earlier this year, allows users to mute audio across the entire website rather than per viewing session. For instance, sites like CNET, Bloomberg, CBS, and others notoriously use autoplay videos with the audio enabled for God knows what purpose.
Instead of trying to find the offending tab (assuming you have hundreds of tabs open at the same time), you can just mute the entire website in one shot. Should you visit the website again, future autoplay videos will be muted automatically. We wish there was an easier way to prevent videos from autoplaying all together, but for now, this is what we get.
To enable it, simply click on the browser tab and select the “Mute site” option. That’s it. If you want to listen to the audio from a clip, simply follow the same steps to reverse the setting.