How to locate a noisy tab in Firefox and switch to it instantly

This article is not about annoying auto-playing videos. You know that Firefox shows a speaker icon on tabs that are taking part in audio and that you could mute these simply with a right-click on the tab and the collection of mute tab from the menu, or a click on the audio icon directly.

But, what in case you have a lot of tabs open and cannot spot the icon in the present view? It occurs that media tabs can develop into hidden in the background for those who occur to open greater than a dozen or so tabs.

You may strive utilizing an add-on like Auto Mute Plus to silence all of the tabs, and then seek for the one which performed the audio. Or you possibly can hit the mute key in your keyboard too or flip down the amount.

Is that basically a answer although?  There remains to be the issue of discovering the tab. Unfortunately, there isn’t any characteristic for this process in Firefox for the time being, not even one which you possibly can allow from about:config. Add-ons do come to the rescue.

Tip: You can configure Firefox to mute all tabs by default, and mute individual sites as well. Chrome customers can check out the complete Chrome muting guide.

How to locate a noisy tab in Firefox and switch to it instantly

Here are 2 extensions which I attempted. You can use both one.


  1. Install Tabhunter and click on on its icon in the toolbar.
  2. Click on the verify field subsequent to “Audio Only”.
  3. This lists every tab which is taking part in audio/video. Select the one you need to switch to.
  4. Click on the “Go” button.

It ought to take you to the tab. There is not any want to seek for the speaker icon or manually locate the noisy tab anymore however you should still want to activate mute or pause playback.

Tabhunter’s GitHub hasn’t been up to date in over a yr however the add-on was up to date not too long ago.

Switch to audible tab

Switch to audible tab

This is a pretty current add-on which appears to have been written for that one function Switch to audible tab lives up to its identify. Once you put in the add-on you will notice its icon on the toolbar. You can click on on it and it will instantly bounce to the tab which is taking part in the audio. You may also use the shortcut key combo Alt + Shift + A to switch to the tab.

In case you could have a number of media tabs, utilizing the Switch to audible tab shortcut/button will cycle via all of them.

Closing Words

People use Firefox for streaming music, movies, or podcasts in the background on a regular basis. While this isn’t a difficulty that calls for fast consideration, it could be good if it was addressed by Mozilla. Maybe they may add a button on the toolbar which solely seems when a tab is taking part in audio in the background, a bit just like the play button that Google assessments in Chrome at present.

Here’s what impressed me to write this.

About a week in the past, I had set a reminder on a YouTube video (reside stream) to write in regards to the launch of a machine on one other publication. Since the occasion was scheduled to begin in a few hours, I labored on different articles in the meantime. A few dozen tabs later, I forgot that the stream’s tab was open (and that it would auto-play).

You can guess what occurred: when the stream went reside the tab began taking part in some music. For a second I did not have a clue what was taking place as a result of the 20+ tabs which had been seen on my monitor did not have the “speaker icon” on them. The audio wasn’t the problem, finding the tab was. I used TreeStyleTab to scroll the listing of tabs to discover the noisy tab and switch to it. This took half a minute although, and I wished a higher answer. That’s once I found Tabhunter and Switch to audible tab.

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