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There are few things more annoying than loading a website to find an ad or video automatically playing. With Chrome and Firefox, with the help of an extension, you can stop mute those offending sites by creating a blacklist of sites known for doing this. Safari users can mute tabs after they have loaded, but can’t stop tabs from automatically playing before the fact.
Chrome users have several options when it comes to muting tabs in Chrome. The easiest way to do this is actually a native feature. You can identify the offending tab by the volume icon appearing on the tab itself. Right-click that tab to open up the menu and hit, Mute Tab to put an end to any sound coming from that it.
If there are certain sites that you know are going to autoplay videos or ads, you can stop the sound before it even starts. Chrome users have two options that will get the job done.
Chrome extension, Mute Tabs by Url, allows you to create a blacklist of sites that will be automatically muted when you open them. You can also whitelist sites using the extension. If you decide that you want to unmute a tab on your blacklist, you can override the setting and unmute it, but once you close the tab or visit another URL, it will revert to your main settings.
MuteTab is another option for Chrome users which can be used to create a blacklist of sites that will be automatically muted. You can also use the Chrome extension to mute all background tabs, mute all tabs, or unmute all tabs. In addition to creating a whitelist and blacklist of sites, you can also create a list of sites (like Pandora or Spotify) that will not be muted when you hit the “Mute all tabs” option.
Like Chrome, Firefox offers users a native feature to mute sound from websites by right-clicking the tab and hitting Mute Tab.
Firefox users can also install the addon MuteLinks to create a blacklist of sites that will be automatically muted when opened. Go into the MuteLinks preferences through the AddOns page, and you can add the sites to your blacklist. MuteLinks doesn’t, however, allow users to whitelist sites.
Safari users will have to content themselves with only muting tabs after the sound has begun playing. The method is the same as in Chrome and Firefox — right-click the tab and hit Mute Tab. There is no way to create a blacklist of sites and stop them from automatically playing in your browser.
How do you control sound in your browser? Let us know in the comments.
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