How to mute Tabs in Chrome browser on Windows PC

The internet is bursting out video and audio advertisements, making you feel like standing in one noisy marketplace. And when you are working on several tabs in one time, it can be perplexing to spot which tab is making all the clatter. The good news is there are a few ways in which the users can take control of the annoying webpages and mute tabs on Google Chrome.

How to mute Tabs in Chrome

Google Chrome displays a tiny speaker icon on the right end of the tabs which are playing audio, this is great for identifying reprobate sounds when the users have too many tabs open. Here is how this icon looks:

Mute tabs on Google Chrome

With this audio icon, users can easily spot which tab is playing the audio. One of the easiest ways to get rid of the noisy culprit could be closing it. But what if the user still needs the tab for later reference? You can achieve both by muting tabs without closing it. Following are few options to mute tabs on Google Chrome.

  1. Right-click on the tab to ‘Mute site’
  2. Use ‘Tab Muter’ Chrome Extension

Let’s look at these options in detail.

1] Right-click on the ‘Mute site’ tab:

This is the simplest way to mute tabs on Google Chrome. All you need to do is to right-click on the tab that is sending the audio output and select Mute site.

Mute tabs on Google Chrome

On selecting Mute site tab, you will see a cross-line over the audio icon of the tab. This indicates that the audio has been muted for that specific website.

Mute tabs on Google Chrome

This option allows you to mute the websites opened on Chrome entirely.

2] Use ‘Tab Muter’ Chrome Extension:

Let’s face it, Google Chrome cannot effectually determine which tabs should be playing the audio and which should not. In addition to that, their in-built muting features keep coming and going. This generated the need to look for options beyond Chrome’s power via extensions. Tab Muter is a browser extension exclusively for Google Chrome which restores the tab muting abilities in the browser.

Tab muter can be added to the Chrome browser from here.

Mute tabs on Google Chrome

Click Add to Chrome to add this extension to Chrome’s main toolbar.

Once the extension is added, you can see the extension icon to toggle audio functionality of the website in the active tab.

Mute tabs on Google Chrome

The Tab muter extension adds an audio icon at the side of the address bar on Chrome. Click this icon to mute tabs on Google Chrome. Similarly, another click on it unmutes the audio again.

We tried this extension on YouTube and a few other sites as well and it works fine. Note that the muting is applied to an individual tab and not to the site. This extension mutes any tab regardless of the website. This extension is surely very handy for those who want to shut off audio for a tab without muting the entire system.

This is how you can enable and use the Tab Mute feature on Chrome OS using extensions. In my view, Tab muter is a great extension which helps in restoring the tab muting functionality in the Google Chrome browser. Users who miss this functionality can install the browser extension to bring it back.

Tab muting vs Site muting

The key difference in both these options is evident – One mutes the Tab and the other mutes the site. Muting a site limits the users, as they will not hear any sound notification from the site which has been turned to mute. However, if a single tab has been muted, the user will still get notifications from the same website if it is open in a different tab on the user’s system.

So, next time if a site loads infuriating auto-playing videos, or you visit an awful website that plays non-stop background music, remember to mute tabs on Google Chrome.

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Ankit Gupta is a writer by profession and has more than 7 years of global writing experience on technology and other areas. He follows technological developments and likes to write about Windows & IT security. He has a deep liking for wild life and has written a book on Top Tiger Parks of India.