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Issue 163099 Chrome causes Windows to emit the "Navigation Start" sound upon closing a tab.
Starred by 30 users Reported by, Nov 28 2012 Back to list
Status: WontFix
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Closed: Mar 2016
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OS: Windows
Pri: 2
Type: Bug

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UserAgent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.11 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/23.0.1271.91 Safari/537.11

Steps to reproduce the problem:
I am still unable to reproduce the issue at will.

What is the expected behavior?
No sound is audible.

What went wrong?
Chrome causes Windows to emit the "Navigation Start" sound.

Did this work before? No 

Chrome version: 23.0.1271.91  Channel: stable
OS Version: 6.1 (Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2)

I originally reported this issue in 2010:

There has been no change at all in how this issue represents itself over the past.

There's also an ongoing question on Super User: where I documented every new progress I made with this issue.

From my current point of view, it seems to be related to Windows Explorer and the jumplist for an application.

The sound itself is emitted from Windows Explorer. Windows Explorer emits it, because Chrome updates it's "Recently closed" section of its jumplist. At least, both events are following each other suspiciously close. Why exactly this happens is still unclear to me as I've only been working on a Process Monitor level.

Closing all Windows Explorer windows, so far, always fixed the issue for. Reopening Explorer windows does not reproduce the issue however. So there is still some underlying detail that triggers this behavior.
Comment 1 by, Feb 14 2013
I can confirm this happens on Windows 8 as well, and seems random. Closing any open Windows Explorer windows stops the issue. There are no viruses or weird addons involved.
Comment 2 by, Feb 15 2013
Same issue on Windows 7 x64. I just installed Teracopy and then the noise started when I closed tabs. I closed my explorer windows and it solved the problem.
I can reproduce this issue on WIndows 7 64bit, and closing all explorer windows does make the sound stop. Reopening explorer windows does not cause the issue to return; it returns at random. It is an annoyance and a distraction. I can also confirm that the sound plays when the closed tab is added to the 'recently closed' section of the jumplist shown when right-clicking on Chrome's icon in the task bar.
I'm actually no longer 100% sure if the jumplist behavior is to blame. I disabled jumplists completely for testing purposes but the issue remained.
When I've had this problem. One of the explorer windows was pointing at a folder with media files (mkv, mp4 and avi files). A mp4 file selected.

Perhaps related?

Do you use explorers built in horrible slow and inefficient search feature ?
I rarely use it but I did last time I noticed this issue after I had used it.
Comment 6 by, Aug 22 2013
Same here in windows 7 64bit, It's very annoying
Comment 7 by Deleted ...@, Sep 15 2013
I just had this problem and I also had an explorer window (my only one) open to a folder with media files, and I also had an mp4 file selected like labobol posted in an earlier comment.

After closing the window, the click sound went away. Unfortunately, after re-opening the Windows Explorer, I cannot reproduce the issue even if I go back to that folder and reselect the mp4 file.
Comment 8 by Deleted ...@, Sep 23 2013
Windows 7 64 bit, Chrome Version 29.0.1547.76 m. Just happened to me as well, was organising music library (mp3 files in particular). Issue went away after restarting chrome, cannot reproduce anymore.
Windows 7 64 bit, Chrome Version 30.0.1599.69 m

Closing all windows explorer windows corrected this as expected.
me too. happens about 5 times for every single tab closed with a long delay between each sound. went away for a while after restarting chrome and came back. had to turn off the navigation sound for the entire os. chrome devs: this bug is dated 2012. you suck.
Comment 11 by Deleted ...@, Nov 3 2013
Wanted to add that this bug still exists when opening and closing tabs. Closing all explorer windows stopped the sound from happening. Appears at random.

Windows 7 64bit, Chrome Version 30.0.1599.101 m
Comment 12 by Deleted ...@, Jan 7 2014
The issue continues with version 31.0.1650.63 m.
Comment 13 by Deleted ...@, Mar 16 2014
Still there in chromium developpement : Version 35.0.1878.0 (255680)
Comment 14 by, May 13 2014
As of May 2014, I am still facing this issue. Using 34.0.1847.131 m on Windows 7. Rather fascinating bug, actually. I hope it'll get solved eventually.
Comment 15 by Deleted ...@, May 20 2014
Been having this issue lately.  I feel like it had something to do with reading pdfs online using chrome although I haven't been able to reproduce it.
You can see my original post from February 2013 above. Over a year later I'm still experiencing this issue from time to time. It's happening right now in fact. I was just on Soundcloud playing some music, I unplugged a USB device and then I closed the Soundcloud tab and it made the noise. Now any tab I close, it makes the noise. I'm amazed how this bug still exists.
Comment 17 by Deleted ...@, Sep 15 2014
I started having the same issue today as well.

I can trigger the sound by doing one of two things:

- Closing a tab.
- Reopening a closed tab with Ctrl+Shift+T (or the context menu option for the same function).
This issue still exists in 37.0.2062.124 m on Windows 7 x64. I have 67 tabs open in 10 Chrome windows, and notably I also have 5 Explorer windows open, 3 of which are folders containing pictures (one of them is my Pictures library), and 2 of them are pointing to the same folder, one which is in Details view and the other which is in Large Icons view.

While the issue is happening, I noticed that it's not only closing a tab, but closing a tab is the easiest way to trigger it. Opening "About Google Chrome" also triggers it.

I closed the Pictures library explorer window first, which changed nothing. Then, one at a time, I closed the other two picture folders. Closing the first one didn't change anything, but closing them both caused the clicking to stop. I still have two explorer windows open.

I have probably downloaded things to both the pictures library windows and the other folder that I had open that I closed it -- I wonder if the connection between the media windows and Chrome is if you have downloaded something that's in one of the folders that you have open.
This bug has just manifested itself on my Windows 7 64bit system. I can just have Chrome idling in the background with a few tabs open, and it will suddenly give the  "Navigation Start" sounds whenever, even in the middle of the night.

I do like the "Navigation Start" sound elsewhere, so I can not use that workaround.

I've now had to stop using Chrome completely, it is so annoying.

This will need to be fixed.
In addition, this sudden bug manifesting itself seems to be related to the latest Youtube subscription page update. It reloads the page itself in the background which causes the Navigation Start sound to trigger.
Comment 21 by Deleted ...@, Dec 20 2014
Reporting that this bug still exists as I just experienced it. No new information to add.

This bug is still existing on Windows 7 as well. As mentioned above, it appears to be linked with having a Windows Explorer window with audio/video files listed.
Comment 23 by, Jan 29 2015
This happens to me sometimes too; I do not believe it is technically a Chrome bug but more likely a bug with something in windows explorer such as a preview filter or the like that is listening for specific events/changes. Undoubtadely closing a tab triggers something which causes the Explorer window containing the thing to reload/refresh and emit the sound.

Like others, I cant really reproduce it but next time I will fire up Process Monitor and try to see where it is really coming from and what event might be triggering it.
Just FYI, I already went on a long hunt with Process Monitor for the reason and didn't have any luck ( Maybe you'll have more luck though :)
Comment 25 by Deleted ...@, Apr 12 2015
I also just experienced the bug. I had Windows Explorer open and an mp4-file was selected. Closed the windows and the bug has disappeared. 
Comment 26 by Deleted ...@, Apr 14 2015
Me too

Comment 27 by Deleted ...@, May 4 2015
Still happening with Version 42.0.2311.135 m
Comment 28 by Deleted ...@, Jul 8 2015
Version 43.0.2357.130 m, sound still is present. This issue is live since oct 2010.
Comment 29 by Deleted ...@, Jul 8 2015
Oh, I solved the issue :D Just go to the control panel>>system sounds and in sounds tab find "Start navigation" and change the sound to NONE and viola!
Labels: Needs-Feedback
@ oliver.salzburg: Thanks for the report. I am unable to reproduce the above on Windows 7, 64bit SP1 with chrome version '44.0.2403.130'.

Request you to try the steps mentioned in comment#29 and let us know if the issue still persists.

Thank you!

Disabling the sound on the OS level is not a fix for this issue. You 
might as well suggest that I turn the volume down on my speakers ;)

That being said, I don't know anyone who can reproduce the issue at 
will. If I could, I would probably have a pretty good idea how to fix 
it. However, this problem still persists and it's a behavior that is 
specific to the Chrome browser. No other application causes this to happen.
Comment 32 by Deleted ...@, Sep 25 2015
I also have this issue whenever I open a new chrome window/tab. After a few seconds I get 6-7 "start navigation" clicks spaced about 1-second apart. I have Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Version: 6.1.7601 SP 1 Build 7601. The Chrome extensions I have running:
Cicso WebEx Extension; Celarly; DeepDyve plugin; Evernote Web Clipper; Google Cast; Google Docs; Google Docs Offline: Google Sheets; Google Slides; Instapaper; Mailvelope; Save to Pocket; Send to Kindle for Google Chrome; 
Update on my previous comments from almost a year ago: I have updated to Windows 10 from Windows 7 (7 Ultimate -> 10 Pro) and am continuing to experience this issue in version 45.0.2454.93 m -- only now it is actually way worse, as closing a tab will (or can) now emit the click noise multiple times.

Over the 1 year+ that I've been experiencing this issue, it ALWAYS starts happening when I start downloading images by opening the image in its own tab, zooming in on it, and then right-clicking it, and choosing "Save image as...". If I do this several times with the folder that I'm downloading to open in Explorer,  the click will start happening. (Currently it is always emitted in the psychosis-inducing pattern of "click click... click.")

Curiously, closing all open Explorer windows continues to solve the problem for me, even into Windows 10. I recommend trying this and seeing if it works for you.
Comment 34 Deleted
Comment 35 by, Dec 21 2015
I am trying #29. On my Win7 Pro the setting is Control Panel >> Sound >> Sounds >> Windows Explorer >> Start Navigation := (None)

Though Anant Shejole, if this works I suggest it's a sweep-under-the-rug solution, which is Oliver Salzburg's point. (A) The setting is for Windows Explorer not Chrome, and (B) The original issue happens intermittently and rarely, about 5 seconds after closing a tab in Chrome.  (That delay makes it difficult to guess what's causing it.) 

Making the change in #29 does turn off the click-sound when double-clicking on a folder in Windows Explorer.  It will take some time to confirm whether it also solves the original issue for me.

It feels like some kind of resource exhaustion. Once it starts happening I have to restart Chrome to get it to stop.
Unable to reproduce the issue on windows 7 using chrome version 48.0.2564.103.Not observed any sound while closing the tabs.

oliver.salzburg@ Request you please try the issue by upgrading chrome to latest stable and update the thread if the issue still persists.

I'm on Windows 10 by now and the issue wasn't reproducible anyway. It just happened occasionally with no apparent pattern. I won't be able to reproduce it any more and I can't remember it happening recently.
Labels: -Needs-Feedback
Status: WontFix
Marking the issue as Won't Fix as per Comment# 37. 
Please feel free to raise new bug if the issue again occurs.
Thank You.
This is still happening...  Windows 10 & Chrome 58.0.3029.96 (64-bit).
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