I have many tabs open in Chrome, and when I reboot it starts opening all the previous tabs, and when they contain YouTube videos they all start playing.

How can I find which tabs are running YouTube, so that I can pause them?

In the process list, there is no trace of YouTube, since it is running inside the browser, and only the tabs related processes are visible.

After reboot, it can happen that I have a YouTube process running and no corresponding tab from which to view it (I can just hear the audio).

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You can open Task Manager, under Window on the Chrome.app menu bar, and see a list of all running processes inside Google Chrome.

You can see Task Name, Memory, CPU, Network and Process ID for each task running at the moment.

At the bottom of the Task Manager Window you can end the Task you selected by pressing End Process.


If you are on Windows the Task Manager window is accessible via the Shift + Esc shortcut.

  • If you run Chrome on Windows you can do the same with Shift + Esc
    – dordio
    Sep 24, 2015 at 14:17
  • And this is an Apple Stack Exchange community. So I don't see why my answer deserves a down vote for being a Mac Only answer.
    – dordio
    Sep 24, 2015 at 14:20
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    I think people think your reference to Task Manager is a reference to the Windows OS task manager, but it's actually talking about Chrome's built-in task list window. This answer is excellent. I don't know why it's getting down voted. But have an upvote from me.
    – Ian C.
    Sep 24, 2015 at 15:43
  • @IanC. Oh ok, I did't know there was a Task Manager on windows, at least not with that name. Thanks for your vote ;)
    – dordio
    Sep 24, 2015 at 15:46
  • Thank you. A detail: is it normal that clicking on a single YouTube task, all the other YouTube tasks are selected as well? It looks like a YouTube task is a thread of the same unique process...
    – Pietro
    Sep 25, 2015 at 16:33

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