If you have a website open in Google Chrome and it’s making too much noise for your liking, you could mute all the audio on your computer so that it won’t make any sound at all…
But, if you just want to mute a specific tab or website in Chrome and leave everything else on your computer unmuted, you can actually do that pretty easily.
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There are actually two different ways to go about muting a tab in Google Chrome. The first and easiest option is to just mute the site that’s inside the tab. This is very easy to do as the functionality is built right into Chrome and it will usually do the job pretty well.
But, if you have the same website open in multiple different tabs, the built in method won’t work so well because that website will be muted across all of your tabs.
So if you have the same website open in multiple different tabs and you want to specifically mute just one of the tabs, you’ll need to use option two.
Option two isn’t quite as easy when you first do it because you’ll have to install a Chrome Extension, but once it’s installed it will be just as easy as the first method, and it will allow you to easily mute one specific tab without muting the whole website. (Click here to skip down to the second method).
How To Mute A Site In Chrome
If you’re happy to mute the entire website that’s making too much noise (and you don’t want to install yet another Chrome extension), all you need to do is right click (two finger click on a trackpad) on the offending tab…
And, in the menu that appears, click “Mute site”.
Now, the entire site will be muted and won’t be able to make any sound, while any other website or apps you may have open will still be able to make sound. And whenever the site tries to make any sound, you’ll see a little speaker icon with a line through it appear on the tab.
But now, if and when you want to unmute the site and allow it to make sound again, all you need to do is right click on the tab once again…
And, in the menu that appears, click “Unmute site”.
Now, everything will be back to normal and the site will once again be able to make sound.
How To Mute Specific Tabs In Chrome
If you don’t want to have to mute the entire website and instead want the ability to mute a specific tab, there’s a handy Chrome extension you can install that will do just that.
To install the extension, just click here to find it on the Chrome web store (don’t worry, the link will open in a new tab) and click the “Add to Chrome” button.
Now, in the box that pops up, click “Add extension” to confirm you want to install it.
Once it’s installed, you’ll see a message appear telling you it’s been installed.
Now that the extension is installed, you’ll probably want to pin it so that it’s always visible and easy to access. To do that, simply click on the puzzle pice icon near the top right hand corner…
And in the menu that appears, find the “Tab Muter” extension and click the pin icon next to it.
Now, the extension will be accessible with a single click.
Now that you’ve installed and pinned the extension, you’re ready to start muting tabs, and this part is easy. All you need to do is go to the tab you want to mute and click on the tab muter extension you just installed (it will look like a speaker icon).
Now, the speaker icon will have a line through it, and the tab will be muted!
And that’s all there is to it! Now, this tab will be muted and not be able to make any sound, while every other tab will be unmuted. And if you open the same website in a different tab, that tab will still be unmuted!
And, if and when you want to unmute the tab again, all you need to do is go back to the muted tab and click on the extension again to unmute it.
And that’s all there is to muting tabs in Google Chrome. So whether you wanted to learn how to mute a specific tab in Chrome, or you were happy to mute the entire site, you now know how it’s done.