Is it possible to have sound play in only one open window?

Patricia Calvert October 3, 2012

Whenever I have more than one window open I can’t stand to hear overlapping sound coming from one or more of the other open windows. Is there a way to stop that? Can you tell me of a way to isolate the sound to the window I am viewing—other than switching to one window after another, hunting down the source of the sound, and then muting it (if possible)?

  1. Dave Rimmer
    October 5, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Found this not sure if this is what you want as I have never tried it -

    Hope this helps.

  2. James Franklin
    October 4, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Are you talking about when you're using a browser, or just using different applications in general?

  3. hamad3914
    October 4, 2012 at 11:48 am

    You can mute other applications volumes in the Mixer down in the bottom right of the task bar (only in Windows 7 and Vista)

  4. HLJonnalagadda
    October 4, 2012 at 7:37 am

    MuteTab, a Chrome extension is what you need. It isolates which tab the sound is coming from, and there is a setting to mute all sounds from other tabs.
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    • hamad3914
      October 4, 2012 at 11:49 am

      Wow thanks a lot

      • HLJonnalagadda
        October 4, 2012 at 9:11 pm

        You're welcome!

    • Patricia Calvert
      October 4, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      I don't use Chrome exclusively due to the high demands it often puts on my CPU, but when I do use it I'm definitely going to give this a try. Thank you!

  5. Vincent Lu
    October 4, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Assuming you are using Windows Vista or 7. There is volume mixer in the task where you can simply mute the applications.

    • Patricia Calvert
      October 4, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      Thanks for your reply, and yes, I've pretty much always been aware of that feature. I was hoping to find a way to mute all the open windows except for the one I am viewing at any given time, and the Chrome app suggestion may be as close as I'm going to get at this point in time.

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