How to Mute A Tab In Your Browsers

Silence a tab in Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and more so you can focus

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Do you want to stop sound playing from one website while listening to something on another tab or app? No problem: Just mute the tab the offending site is displayed on. All major web browsers support tab muting and it's generally very quick and simple to do with the process being very similar across app versions.

Instructions in this article explain how to mute a browser tab in Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Brave.

Tabs can be unmuted in any browser by simply repeating the steps done to mute them.

How to Mute A Browser Tab In Google Chrome

The Google Chrome browser doesn't have a clickable speaker icon in its tabs like many of the other internet browsers but it does feature a simple menu solution.

The only way: To mute a tab in Google Chrome, right-click on the tab playing the sound and select the Mute Site option.

How to Mute A Browser Tab In Microsoft Edge

There are two methods for muting a browser tab in Microsoft Edge.

The easiest way: When a website in a tab is playing audio in the Microsoft Edge browser, a small speaker icon will appear within the tab's header. Clicking on this icon will mute all audio coming from this tab.

Muting a browser tab in Microsoft Edge.

The second way to stop all sound playing in a tab is to right-click on the tab with the speaker icon and click Mute tab in the menu that appears.

If you hear audio but can't see a speaker icon in any of the browser tabs, you might have aother browser window open. To view all open windows, hover your mouse over the app's icon in the toolbar along the bottom of your screen. A small preview of all open browser windows should appear.

Muting a browser tab in Microsoft Edge.

How to Mute A Browser Tab In Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox also has two ways to mute a tab that are almost identical to the process in Microsoft Edge.

The easiest way: A speaker icon will appear in tabs that are playing audio. To mute the sound coming from these tabs, simply click this speaker icon. Once clicked, the icon will appear to have a line drawn through it and the sound should stop if done correctly.

Muting a browser tab in Mozilla Firefox.

You don't need to open or switch to the tab playing sound to mute it. Muting a tab can be done entirely while viewing a website in another tab. This works in every browser.

The second way: You also can right-click on a tab to bring up a menu. Clicking the Mute Tab option will also stop all sound coming from the tab you right-clicked on.

Muting a browser tab in Mozilla Firefox.

How to Mute A Browser Tab In Safari

Apple's Safari displays a speaker icon on tabs that are playing audio.

The easiest way to mute a Safari tab: Click the speaker icon within the tab to mute all audio coming from it.

The second way: Option-click the speaker icon to mute all audio except that coming from this tab.

Muting browser tabs in Safari on Mac.

A third way to mute a tab in Safari: Option-click the speaker icon to mute all audio except that coming from this tab.

Option-clicking is when you press a specific key on a keyboard at the same time as you click with a mouse to activate a secondary function. On older Mac keyboards, the Option-click key was the Option key. This is where the phrase comes from. On newer Mac keyboards and on Windows keyboards, the key used is the Alt key.

Safari also features a speaker icon within the Smart Search field where you type in a web address or search term. This icon will turn blue if audio is playing in your current tab or will change to white with a blue outline if audio is playing in another tab. Clicking the icon when it's blue will mute the sound in the open tab while clicking on it when it's white and blue will mute the sound from all of the other tabs.

Muting browser tabs in Safari on Mac.

How to Mute A Browser Tab In Opera

Unlike other popular internet browsers that use a static speaker icon to identify tabs that are playing sound, Opera uses a small animation of a stereo visualizer that plays in the tab while audio is playing.

The easiest way: To mute audio in an Opera tab, hover your mouse over this animated icon to turn it into the common static speaker icon and then click on it.

Muting a browser tab in Opera.

The second way: Tabs can also be silenced in Opera by right-clicking the relevant tab and selecting Mute tab.

Muting a browser tab in Opera.

How to Mute A Browser Tab In Brave

The cryptocurrency and privacy-focused web browser, Brave, makes muting tabs easy by incorporating similar methods to the previously mentioned browsers.

The easiest way: Click the speaker icon that appears when a tab is making sound.

Muting a browser tab in Brave.

The second way: Audio can also be disabled in Brave tabs by right-clicking them and choosing Mute tab from the popup menu.

Muting a browser tab in Brave.

Like other browsers, tabs can be muted in Brave without switching to them. The browser does render full-screen previews of tabs when you hover your mouse over them though which can be a bit jarring. Because of this, you may want to switch to a tab before muting it to avoid the distracting tab preview feature.