Rated 3.4 out of 5
3.4 Stars out of 5
- by Firefox user 12687634, 4 years agoRated 1 out of 5Most people looking for something like this want their browser to start out on mute. With "Mute Tab", the sound still plays on the original page. Try the addon called "Muter". It puts an icon on top right and allows you to mute the whole browser. Go to Muter Settings, Misc and put a check in the box "Restore mute status...". This tells Firefox to remember the last state when starting again - muted or unmuted.
- by tach, 4 years agoRated 3 out of 5I like how you can have it automatically mute new tabs, but this doesn't work when a new window is opened. Please could the 'automatically mute new tabs' function also work with new windows.
- by bdflood, 4 years agoRated 4 out of 5After installing, go to the settings for this add-on and you can select "auto mute all new tabs". This is the feature I've been looking for. So far, works great.
- by Lol Limewire, 5 years agoRated 5 out of 5Perfect, been wanting something like this for a while. This should be a checkbox option in Firefox's config page, not an add-on. Under "Content" it should say "Mute all tabs by default" with a checkbox and the behavior should be what this add-on does, all tabs have the speaker icon in mute. Well, not all tabs. Currently with "Mute Tab" ALL tabs appear with the speaker in mute, even those that have no sound. In regular Firefox the icon appears only when the tab has sound of some kind. But it's a minor quirk, having the peace of mind that moronic websites can't shove their stupid autoplay videos or sounds up your ass is a relief.
Now, someone convince the Firefox people this should be in the browser as another option instead of this separate add-on. It was a good move to add the little icon for being able to mute tabs, they just forgot the ability to make it work the opposite way.
Btw, when installing this the "mute all tabs" doesn't apply to already opened tabs. I had to close everything and when re-opening them again the muting took place. Bear this in mind when you try it for the first time.
I don't have Flash, Quicktime or anything installed so if this add-on doesn't affect those I wouldn't know (nor I have any intention of trying, I already had enough of Flash in my life)
- by Firefox user 12246602, 5 years agoRated 3 out of 5When you open a window, the first tab is not muted. Which makes the add-on useless for me because pop-up windows will still play their noisy adds. Everything should be muted by default.
I don't want addblocker or another workaround like blocking all flash, I am convinced that this kind of tool forces them to come up with even more annoying adds. No I want them to think that they reached me when in fact they didn't, that is worth the bandwidth to me...
Other than that it is straightforward (maybe a little to much since it would need so little tweaking) works and hasn't caused any hickups until now.
- by newmac, 5 years agoRated 4 out of 5Audio should play when in the tab focus and mute when out of the tab focus; so a user can say watch CNN; and MSNBC; and audio plays only for the page loaded as the user switches through tabs. It would be like changing channels on a TV
- by Firefront, 5 years agoRated 4 out of 5Works, but would like to have auto-mute muting also the first initial tab, not just the following new tabs. I often need to manually mute the first tab, which is a little bit annoying.
- by Firefox user 11896150, 5 years agoRated 5 out of 5"Mute Tab" works fine.
* Un-mute also works fine (there's a tick mark to indicate this on each muted tab).
* Note that this doesn't control the actual media being played in the page, it only disables the sound.
"Mute All Tabs" works fine.
"Auto-mute background tabs" option works (partially), with notes:
* The way it works now, ONLY NEW pages/tabs (with autoplaying media) opened in the background will be muted.
And you can then unmute these tabs by unticking "Mute Tab" via the context menu for each tab.
* The "Mute Tab" state doesn't seem to be permanent for each tab--if you refresh/reload the page (while it stays in the background), the setting is lost.
EDIT: OK, I found out it actually works with youtube in html5 mode (no flash)--background tab does get automatically re-muted on page reload. I investigated the pages that don't get re-muted on reload are those using Quicktime or some other wrapper, which is outside the scope of this add-on.
FF 42 and later supposedly will have audio indicator and muting features like in Chrome, which will work with Flash and HTML5 media. But I'm not sure if auto-mute will be implemented (or how it's implemented).
I have disabled Flash and installed ABP. My only gripe is/was with occasional autoplayed mp3/html5 media so this extension fits my needs.
Thanks to the dev!
- by Ignat Miller, 6 years agoRated 4 out of 5While the core idea of this extension is essential, at this point it's almost useless. If you mute something (a tab or all tabs), you can't unmute it using extension, only tab reload will bring sound back - that's the most strange thing you can expect from mute/unmute extension, or does it mute only?? Also I couldn't make that "Auto-mute background tabs" feature to work, mute all stops sound that tab makes, but the auto-focus doesn't.
So there are some other feature-requests on the list, here are them all:
1) Unmute ability/option/button.
2) Fix "Auto-mute background tabs", so it works solidly.
3) Add some speaker icon on a tab that is making sound (can also work as a button that mute/unmute all sounds form this tab)
4) Probably external drop-down list in tab context menu with list of tabs that make sound will make UX even better.
5) Add blacklist that automatically blocks sound for certain domains/pages.
4 stars just for the try. Otherwise it's 1-2 max.