It can be quite annoying to have more than twenty tabs opened in your browser and one of them starts playing audio. It is so frustrating to go through all the tabs and locate the source of the audio. Fortunately, we don’t have to go through this misery any more, as the advanced browsers now come with an audio indicator that can easily tell which tab is the culprit.
Furthermore, the latest Chrome and Firefox versions also come with the ability to mute the tab to stop it in its tracks without closing the tab. In this article we will show you how to mute browser tabs in your browser.
Nuke Browser Audio
Mute Browser Tabs is still a new feature that hasn’t been adopted by many browsers, so it is good to know a method to mute browser tabs that works on all types of browsers. You can mute the volume of the whole browser to mute any type of sound from the browser. This might not be a reliable option, but it can be handy in certain scenarios.
When the sound is playing, right click on the “Volume Adjuster” button in the taskbar, and then click on “Open Volume Mixer.” Now in the Volume Mixer you will see a slider for your browser; just move it to the bottom or click on the “speaker” icon to mute its volume.
Mute Browser Tabs in Chrome
Chrome now comes with this feature built in, and it is enabled by default. When a sound plays in any tab, you will see a “Speaker” icon next to the “Close (X)” button on that tab. To mute that tab, right click anywhere on the tab and select “Mute tab” from the context menu.
Furthermore, if you already know that an audio will be played in a specific tab, then you can also mute it beforehand. Just use the process mentioned above, and you will see the option of “Mute tab” even if no sound is playing.
Mute Browser Tabs in Mozilla Firefox
When an audio is played in a Firefox tab (latest build), you will see a “Speaker” icon similar to the one in Chrome. To mute the tab, left-click on the “Speaker” icon, and it will be muted. You can also press “Ctrl + M” while on a tab to automatically mute the audio of that tab.
Just like Chrome, you can also mute the audio beforehand. You will have to use the “Ctrl + M” shortcut for this purpose as the “Speaker” icon will not be visible unless audio is playing.
Mute Browser Tabs in Apple Safari
Similar to Firefox, Safari will also show a “Speaker” icon that can be clicked on to mute the audio of that specific tab. You can also right-click on the tab and choose “Mute tab” from the context menu to mute it. You cannot mute the audio of a tab in advance in Safari.
Opera: In Opera, you will see an “equalizer” icon on tabs which are playing audio. However, you cannot mute audio of the tab automatically by any means. You will have to manually spot the source and mute/stop it.
Microsoft Edge: Edge also offers a “Speaker” indicator which is located at the left side of each browser tab. Like Opera, you cannot automatically mute any tab using the “Speaker” icon or by any other means. You should eit her nuke the browser audio (like we mentioned above) or manually find the source and mute it.
So far, this is the best you can do when it comes to muting audio in browser tabs. Hopefully in the future this feature wIll become common in all the browsers and maybe offer even more customization. Until then, we will have to depend on browsers like Chrome, Firefox and Safari to take advantage of this feature.