Disable Chrome's Hardware Media Key Feature Google Chrome supports keyboard media keys and the feature is undoubtedly helpful for most. What spoils things is the fact Chrome "listens" to your media keys all the time that the browser is open. This happens regardless of whether you have the app in focus or running in the background.
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 .
Media Keys in Chrome There are many Chrome extensions that enable the media keys to be used in the browser. If you use one of those extensions, it should continue to work just the same with the new Chrome update. If, on the other hand, you're having issues with it, try disabling it and using the new native media key support.
Google Chrome started supporting media keys after the release of Chrome 73. This was great as it eased the use of YouTube or Spotify through Chrome . However, after this update of Chrome , media keys stopped working for other apps when Chrome was open as well.
Google introduced support for keyboard multimedia keys in Chrome 73; Chrome users may use the functionality to control playback on YouTube and other sites that make use of the Media Session API. On YouTube, you can pause, start and stop playback, change the volume, mute, or jump forward or backward using media keys .
Chrome has support for system-wide keyboard shortcuts. If you install an app that uses media keys -- like Google Play Music for Chrome -- it will hijack those media keys . Even if you have the Chrome app closed, Chrome will hold onto those keys and not let them go as long as it's running.
This works perfectly, whether Google Play Music is in focus or not. It even works on a Google Play Music app link on my Windows 10 taskbar--even when my browser is closed. When I open my MusicBee app to play hi-resolution music, the media keys properly focus on MusicBee. And when I close MusicBee, the media keys properly re-bind to Google Play ...
Media keys on your keyboards are special keys that allows you to control media on your system. A common use of these media keys is to play/stop the media from your keyboard. These media keys allows users to interact and control media files, like songs, in a very easy way. But, sometimes the media keys will stop working.
To do that, click on the chrome menu (3 horizontal stripes on top right) and go to tools -> extensions. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "Keyboard shortcuts". From that popup you can...