You are chugging along with multiple browser windows open and then you hear a pesky noise… is it a bird? is it a plane? no… it is an infernal advertisement/hellish background music/auto play video that is playing in one of your browser windows which you certainly don’t want to listen to! It is disrupting the latest Justin Bieber hit *cough cough* (it’s alright, we all have our guilty pleasures) that you are currently playing on Spotify. Of all the nerve! You may want to perform the knee jerk reaction of killing that particular browser tab with a click of your mouse… although you still want to read the contents of it. What is one to do? Another way of dealing with this is to mute the relevant browser tab. For each type of browser though, the way to do it does differ, so we have put together a step by step guide for each of the most used web browsers out there to help you banish that sound from whence it came!
Google Chrome, the most popular of all web browsers, with its sleek and stylish interface it is no wonder it is considered number one by most users! For users who acquire a new Windows OS, it is all too often that they only use the pre-installed Microsoft Edge to install Google Chrome.
But we digress… when you have the Google Chrome browser tab open and music is playing, the sound icon will appear on the right hand side in the browser tab.
Right click the relevant tab you want to silence and select ‘mute tab’.
The sound icon will now have a line through it to indicate that the tab is now mute.
Alternatively, you can simply right click any tab before going to a website you know auto plays sound by right clicking it and pressing ‘mute tab’ in advance.
Safari (Apple/Mac OS)
Of course, second on our list would be the Safari web browser for Mac computers. There are a couple of ways you can mute web browser tabs.
For the relevant tab, the sound icon will appear on the right hand side of it.
Right click it and select ‘Mute Tab’ from the drop down menu.
The other easier way is to simply left click the sound icon itself.
The sound icon in the relevant tabs will have a line through them to indicate they are mute.
Considered the 2nd most favourable web browser for Windows, it’s style is similar to Google Chrome but it has a few short cuts up its sleeve in comparison.
The most straight forward way is to left click exactly on the sound icon and it automatically mutes.
Similar to Chrome, you can again perform the muting of a tab in advance by right clicking the tab and selecting ‘mute tab’ from the drop down list before going to the relevant website.
Or, you can enter in the keys Ctrl + M and that will mute the tab swiftly.
When you have stopped the sound playing, the icon will have a line through it as shown below.
Slightly more popular than Microsoft Edge (come on… anything is better!), Opera in fact excels at the option of muting tabs. It is like they really listen to their customer needs!
In Opera, all you have to do is right click a current tab and click ‘Mute Other tabs’.
Or you can left click the sound icon and it mutes that particular tab.
Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer
And finally we come to last (and yes… the least) Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer. We do like to poke fun at these Microsoft web browsers but we are sure that some users will need to resort to either from time to time so of course let’s show you how to mute these tabs. For both browsers, the way to mute them is the same.
For some reason, Microsoft prefers to make life difficult for its users as you cannot mute the tab entirely while in the browser itself! The sound icon does display but we can’t right click and get the drop down, left click it to automatically mute or even perform some fancy key maneuvers. What a shame! Instead… you need to perform these steps.
Right click the speaker icon on the Window’s task bar.
In the drop down menu, select Open Volume Mixer.
In the Volume Mixer dialog box, the relevant Edge tab playing music should be listed under the subheading of Applications.
Simple click on the speaker icon.
It is now mute!
Now you have managed to mute all those annoying browser tabs! Ah blissful silence… Bjork would approve.