How to mute a tab in Chrome (3 unique ways)

Although Google decided to remove the ability to mute individual tabs with the release of Chrome 71, it is still one of the features I want to bring back. Although you can still mute a site by right-clicking on the tab, it becomes inconvenient if you have multiple tabs open with the same website but with different media. To fix this, I went researching and found three unique ways to mute a tab in Chrome. Let’s see how.

The traditional way

Before we show you a better way to mute tabs in Chrome browser, let’s see how Google wants us to mute tabs. Start playing music or video on Chrome. Right click on the tab that is playing the music and you will see an option to mute the site. Click Mute site and the audio will be muted. This works, but the problem persists, if you have multiple tabs with the same website, all tabs will be muted independently.

mute the site by right-clicking a tab in Chrome.

1. Tab Muter: mute a tab in Chrome

Tab Muter is a nifty Chrome extension that lets you mute a tab with just one click. Once you install it, just click on the extension icon on the active tab that has sound. Going to immediately mute tab. It works regardless of the website open on the tab. You can have multiple tabs open with the same website and this Chrome extension will only mute the tab you are on. Tab Muter is free and available on the Chrome Web Store.

mute tab: mute a tab by simply clicking a button.

Pros

  • Works independently of websites and only mutes a specific tab

Cons

  • Lacks a mute option using keyboard shortcuts
  • Can’t adjust volume

Download Play tab (free)

2. Mute tab shortcuts

Mute Tab Shortcuts is similar to the last extension, but adds one key function, keyboard shortcuts. I love finding hidden keyboard shortcuts as I like to use the mouse as little as possible. Mute tab shortcuts add three keyboard shortcuts that would allow you to mute / unmute tabs.

Mute tab shortcuts: mute a tab in Chrome with keyboard shortcuts

Here is the list of keyboard shortcuts:

  • Mute / Unmute Current Tab – Alt + Shift + M
  • Mute all except current – Alt + Shift + N
  • Mute / Unmute All Tabs – Alt + Shift + Comma

Pros

  • Mute Chrome tabs with keyboard shortcuts

Cons

  • Can’t adjust volume of eyelashes

Download Mute tab shortcuts (free)

3. Volume control for Google Chrome

Mute a tab is sorted with the two extensions above. However, if you want to control the volume of each tab separately, you need the Volume Control extension. It gives you a dial to lower or raise it to 600%. This is useful when playing The Office in the background without distracting. Adjusting the volume of one tab does not affect the others and can turn up the volume for some sites that are terribly low volume.

volume control: add a knob to control the volume of a tab in Chrome

Pros

  • Possibility to mute or increase the volume up to 600%.

Cons

  • No keyboard shortcuts. You have to use the dial to mute a tab.

Download Volume control for Google Chrome (free)

How to mute a tab in Chrome

Now you know how to mute a tab in Chrome. The native method works and even though it is a one click process it only mutes a website. It does not offer granular control. These three Chrome extensions offer just that, the ability to mute individual tabs in Chrome. Besides, you can also control the volume which is sweet. What do you think? Do you like these extensions? If you have a better alternative, please let me know on Twitter.

Read also: How to group and change tab color in Chrome

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