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How to Mute Individual Browser Tabs in Chrome, Safari, and Firefox

Modern desktop web browsers—Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari—all allow you to mute individual browser tabs in just a few clicks. Even Microsoft Edge allows you to mute browser tabs, although Microsoft could make this a lot easier.

RELATED: How to Automatically Mute New Tabs in Chrome and Firefox

This is useful if a tab starts playing music or video and you want to mute it temporarily. In most cases, it just takes a click or two. If you want something more robust that can automaticaly mute tabs for you, though, we have a separate guide for that.

Google Chrome

To mute a browser tab in Google Chrome, right-click it and select “Mute Site.” This will mute all tabs from the site in the future.

To unmute them, right-click one of that site’s tabs and click “Unmute SIte.”

Muting a website from Chrome's tab context menu

In older versions of Google Chrome, you could just click on the speaker icon that appears on a tab that is playing audio. You’d see a line through it, and the tab would be muted. Now, you have to use the context menu option instead.

Mozilla Firefox

To mute a browser tab in Firefox, right-click the tab and select “Mute Tab”. As in Chrome, you’ll see a crossed-out speaker icon appear to the left of the “x” button on the browser tab.

Like in Chrome, it’s easy to find which browser tabs are making noise—just look for the speaker icon. You can also preemptively mute a tab before it starts making noise. You can also simply left-click the speaker icon to toggle sound on and off for that tab.

Apple Safari

In Safari on a Mac, you can mute a tab in multiple different ways. While the current active tab is playing sound, a speaker icon will appear in Safari’s location bar. Click it to toggle sound on and off for the tab.

You can also right-click any tab and select “Mute Tab”, or just left-click the speaker icon that appears at the right side of the tab.

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge also displays a speaker icon on browser tabs when that tab is playing sound. However, there’s no way to actually mute the tabs from within Edge.

There is a way to mute individual Edge browser tabs, however. To do so, right-click the speaker icon in the notification area at the bottom right corner of your screen and select “Open Volume Mixer”.

Scroll to the right in the Volume Mixer window and look for the Edge browser tab playing sound. Different browser tabs will appear separately here. Click the speaker icon below the name of the page to mute it.

To unmute the tab, you will need to either close and reopen the browser tab or return here and click the speaker icon once again.

Hopefully, Microsoft will one day add a more integrated tab-muting feature to Microsoft Edge. For now, this is the only option besides muting your PC or switching to another browser.

Chris Hoffman Chris Hoffman
Chris Hoffman is Editor in Chief of How-To Geek. He's written about technology for nearly a decade and was a PCWorld columnist for two years. Chris has written for The New York Times, been interviewed as a technology expert on TV stations like Miami's NBC 6, and had his work covered by news outlets like the BBC. Since 2011, Chris has written over 2,000 articles that have been read more than 500 million times---and that's just here at How-To Geek.
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