Last updated: October 19, 2017
Mute tabs in Torch browser with a single mouse-click. The Torch web browser displays a speaker icon in a browser tab when audio is playing in that tab.
This is convenient and useful in isolating the source of sound when you have many tabs and windows open. But there is no need to mute your entire system sound by tapping the Mute button on your keyboard, or by clicking the Speakers icon in your system tray. You can instead mute tabs in Torch browser natively and individually, without the use of a third-party extension.
The feature is called Enable tab audio muting UI control, and it is located under Flags. It is important to note that Flags features, such as Enable tab audio muting UI control, are pretty much beta features. As with anything designated as “beta”, this feature may still be undergoing testing, may be unstable, and may not respond as expected. It could also just vanish at any time. Torch browser makes this clear with a warning on top of the Flags page.
With that said, here is how to mute tabs in Torch browser. First, it is always best at this stage to make sure your Torch web browser is up to date.
Enable audio muting using Flags
Type or copy/paste torch://flags/#enable-tab-audio-muting into the Torch web address bar input field. This feature displays highlighted in the page. Click the Enable link under the feature to turn on Enable tab audio muting UI control.
Next, in order for the change to take effect, you need to restart Torch. Click the Relaunch Now button at the base of the Flags window. When the browser relaunches, navigate to a page that contains audio. The functionality to mute audio in just that tab is now present. Click on the speaker icon in the tab to mute the audio playing only in that tab. The speaker icon changes to a mute icon instead.
Users can also right-click on the tab, and select Mute tab.
As you would expect, to unmute a tab, click the speaker icon in the tab, or choose Unmute tab from the tab’s right-click menu.
To disable this feature, return to torch://flags/#enable-tab-audio-muting. Click the Disable link, and relaunch Torch for the change to take effect.
The option to Mute and Unmute tabs is present in the right-click menu regardless of audio playing or not. If a user selects to mute a tab where no audio is playing, and no audio indicator is present, the mute icon still displays in the tab. This is handy to preemptively mute the audio in a tab. It is important to note that a tab remains muted even when you change locations within that tab. Keep an eye on the audio indicator if you expect to hear audio, but don’t. It may be that a tab you muted has remained muted as you navigate to another site.
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