I have the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 which includes media keys. Whenever Google Chrome (Version 38.0.2125.104 m (64-bit) on Windows 8.1 Update 1) has focus, the media keys (pause/play) do not work.
I followed the instructions here which include:
- Open the Chrome app menu
- Select Tools > Extensions
- Click the ‘Keyboard Shortcuts’ link at the bottom of the page
- Find the Google Play Music section
- Change any specified media key options from ‘Global’ to ‘In Chrome’
Unfortunately, there is no 'Google Play Music' section or any other section that shows that there are any settings for the media keys.
How to I keep Chrome from blocking the media keys on my keyboard?
NOTE: Volume keys work--just the play/pause key is affected, and this behavior is only when Chrome is in focus. Any other program in focus, the play/pause key works fine.