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    Enable or Disable Volume and Media Key Handling in Google Chrome

    How to Enable or Disable Volume Control and Hardware Media Key Handling in Google Chrome
    Published by Category: Browsers & Email
    26 Oct 2020
    Designer Media Ltd


    How to Enable or Disable Volume Control and Hardware Media Key Handling in Google Chrome


    Starting in Google Chrome 75, you can enable or disable the Hardware Media Key Handling flag for using media keys on your keyboard to control the active media session.

    For example, if you press the Volume Up, Volume Down, or Mute media keys on your keyboard, you will see chrome.exe media controls (Reverse, Play/Pause, Forward) next to the volume control on your desktop that you can use to control the active media session in Google Chrome.

    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the chrome.exe Hardware Media Key Handling and volume control feature in Google Chrome for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.


    Contents

    • Option One: Enable Chrome.exe Volume Control and Hardware Media Key Handling
    • Option Two: Disable Chrome.exe Volume Control and Hardware Media Key Handling



    EXAMPLE: chrome.exe media controls next to the volume control on desktop
    Enable or Disable Volume and Media Key Handling in Google Chrome-chrome_hardware_media_volume_control.png






    OPTION ONE

    Enable Chrome.exe Volume Control and Hardware Media Key Handling


    This is the default setting.


    1 Open Google Chrome.

    2 Copy and paste the link below into the address bar of Chrome, and press Enter.

    chrome://flags/#enable-media-session-service

    3 Select Default or Enabled in the Media Session Service flag drop down menu. (see screenshots below)

    4 Copy and paste the link below into the address bar of Chrome, and press Enter.

    chrome://flags/#hardware-media-key-handling

    5 Select Default or Enabled in the Hardware Media Key Handling flag drop down menu.

    6 Click/tap on the RELAUNCH NOW button at the bottom to apply.

    Enable or Disable Volume and Media Key Handling in Google Chrome-chrome.exe_media_session_service.jpg Enable or Disable Volume and Media Key Handling in Google Chrome-chrome.exe_hardware_media_key_handling.jpg






    OPTION TWO

    Disable Chrome.exe Volume Control and Hardware Media Key Handling


    1 Open Google Chrome.

    2 Copy and paste the link below into the address bar of Chrome, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

    chrome://flags/#hardware-media-key-handling

    3 Select Disabled in the Hardware Media Key Handling flag drop down menu.

    4 Click/tap on the RELAUNCH NOW button at the bottom to apply.

    Enable or Disable Volume and Media Key Handling in Google Chrome-chrome.exe_hardware_media_key_handling.jpg


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Edwin's Avatar
    Posts : 17,460
    Windows 10
       #1

    OSD should show which browser has OSD focus, 2 videos in the same category, by the same uploader shows no difference except maybe for the thumbnail...
    (click on image to play)

    Enable or Disable Volume and Media Key Handling in Google Chrome-2019-06-22_5-53-38.gif

    Example:

    Enable or Disable Volume and Media Key Handling in Google Chrome-001121.png
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  2. Edwin's Avatar
    Posts : 17,460
    Windows 10
       #2

    ... or better yet...

    OSD controls in the Taskbar thumbnail...

    Enable or Disable Volume and Media Key Handling in Google Chrome-001123.png
      My Computer

  3. Edwin's Avatar
    Posts : 17,460
    Windows 10
       #3

    Edwin said:
    OSD should show which browser has OSD focus, 2 videos in the same category, by the same uploader shows no difference except maybe for the thumbnail...
    (click on image to play)

    Enable or Disable Volume and Media Key Handling in Google Chrome-2019-06-22_5-53-38.gif

    Example:

    Enable or Disable Volume and Media Key Handling in Google Chrome-001121.png
    Sorta better....

    Enable or Disable Volume and Media Key Handling in Google Chrome-001134.png
      My Computer


  4. Posts : 72
    windows 10 64 bit home version 1903
       #4

    Worked like a magical charm!
    HEY CHROM DEVELOPERS. Rather than us consumers having to spend time researching then having to go into your experimental stuff, why not, PLEASE, simply offer us an opt out on the useless gadget!!! thank you
      My Computer


  5. Posts : 283
    Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
       #5

    Somewhat relevant to this thread, but I found the firefox version of this flag (media.hardwaremediakeys.enabled); just set that to false, and firefox's own version of this shall be no more
      My Computer

  6. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 56,844
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21376
    Thread Starter
       #6

    BrokenDaily said:
    Somewhat relevant to this thread, but I found the firefox version of this flag (media.hardwaremediakeys.enabled); just set that to false, and firefox's own version of this shall be no more
    Enable or Disable Volume Control and Media Key Handling in Firefox

      My Computers


  7. Posts : 8
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #7

    Thanks so much for this, especially the Firefox version!
    This has been driving me nuts for several days now, and I don't use Chrome, so I was wondering how it could have sprung up on my machine.
    Going into about:config in Firefox, then pasting in that string and double-clicking to change to 'false', then restarting FF did the trick. Now I have the on-screen volume slider when I change the level, but that's all, no annoying media info taking up a chunk of my screen! Thanks Brink. :)
      My Computer

  8. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 56,844
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21376
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Elmojo said:
    Thanks so much for this, especially the Firefox version!
    This has been driving me nuts for several days now, and I don't use Chrome, so I was wondering how it could have sprung up on my machine.
    Going into about:config in Firefox, then pasting in that string and double-clicking to change to 'false', then restarting FF did the trick. Now I have the on-screen volume slider when I change the level, but that's all, no annoying media info taking up a chunk of my screen! Thanks Brink. :)
      My Computers

  9. garyoa1's Avatar
    Posts : 12
    windows 10
       #9

    Nubiewithatwist said:
    Worked like a magical charm!
    HEY CHROM DEVELOPERS. Rather than us consumers having to spend time researching then having to go into your experimental stuff, why not, PLEASE, simply offer us an opt out on the useless gadget!!! thank you
    It stops other tabs from working. Watching or listening to a video while browsing in another tab is no longer possible. What were they thinking? Back to fire fox since there is no more use for dual monitors in chrome. So far, FF still works as a browser should.
      My Computer


 
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