How to Mute Sound in Your Internet Browser

3 Easy Ways to Turn Off Annoying Browser Sounds

Too Darned Loud? Turn Off Your Web Browser's Sounds
Disable those web browser sounds to keep them from blaring in your ear. Image (c) Gbrundin / E+ /Getty Images

So you have your headphones on, and you're grooving along listening to your favorite music on iTunes while you work when it happens. An ad starts blaring on a website you're visiting, blasting your eardrums. Ouch!

Sound familiar?

There are many good reasons to want to turn off sounds in your internet browser. Maybe you're listening to music while you work, or watching television while you enter sweepstakes, and don't want to be interrupted.

Maybe there are other people in the room with you that you don't want to disturb. Or maybe you just don't want to be scared half to death when unexpected noise blares from your speakers.

Luckily, you don't have to be at the mercy of ads, news broadcasts, or sweepstakes sites that blast sound when you visit them. These tips will help you disable sound in your browser, allowing you to browse the net or enter sweepstakes in peace.

Turn Off Sound for Individual Tabs in Your Web Browser:

  • Mute Sounds in Firefox: Clicking on the speaker icon on the tab that's playing music will allow you to turn off sound. Clicking the icon again will turn sound back on.
     
  • Mute Internet Explorer: You can disable sounds in Internet Explorer under the "advanced features" settings.
     
  • Turn Off Sounds in Chrome: When a Chrome tab is playing sound, you will see a little speaker icon on that tab. Right-click on it, and select the "Mute Tab" option.
     
  • Mute Safari Sounds: Safari has a speaker icon in the address bar. If you click on it while on a tab that's playing sound, it will mute that tab. If you click on it while on a tab that is not playing sound, it will mute all tabs.

Disable Sounds in Your Internet Browser Using Windows:

  1. Open Your Control Panel:
    The easiest way to open the Control Panel is to click on "Start" and then click on "Control Panel."

  1. Open the Internet Options:
    Use the search box to find the "Internet Options" section of the Control Panel.

  2. Select the "Advanced" Tab:
    The Advanced Tab is usually on the far-right side of the Internet Options screen.

  3. Scroll Down to Multimedia:
    Scroll through the options until you see the section called "Multimedia."

  4. Deselect the Play Sounds Option:
    Click to uncheck the option called "Play Sounds in Webpages." This will turn off all sounds in your internet browsers.

  5. Turn Sounds On Again When You're Ready:
    If you would like to resume listening to sounds on your internet browser, be sure to follow these steps again once you are done entering sweepstakes, and check the "Play Sounds in Webpages" option once again.

Use Plug-Ins to Turn Off Browser Sounds:

You can use browser plug-in programs to modify how your internet browsers handle sounds.Here are some plug-ins you can try out:

  • Muter for Firefox inserts an icon in your addon bar which you can click to turn off sounds.
     
  • MuteTab for Chrome will help you find which of your tabs are playing sound and let you stop or pause the culprits. It also automatically shuts off sound for any tabs playing in the background.
     
  • If advertisements are annoying you by auto-playing sound, ad-blocking plug-ins will prevent them from running at all. Search your web browser's plug-in site to find one you like, or check this list of the best ad-blocking software from the Net Security Expert.
     

    As you can see, you have several options to help you control which sounds you hear in your browser. You don't have to be annoyed by unwanted noises as you play, work, or enter sweepstakes.