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Windows OS: Disable Sounds in Your Browser

Jul 14, 2020 | Tech Tips

Your noisy PC

Picture the scene. You’re listening to downloaded music as you work – lost in the moment with Roy Orbison, his rich voice filling your head through earphones that block out all other sound.

You’re scrolling down a webpage, and BANG! Your heart nearly stops when an advert leaps into life.

Just as bad – or worse, actually – is the embarrassment of your PC making a noise in public.

There you are, perched on a high stool in a trendy coffee shop, researching the subject of e-commerce. You look so cool. You land on a page and … oh god, it’s a video. A jingling cacophony of royalty-free music is joined by an enthusiastic “Hi there!”

You fumble with your controls, glancing around apologetically, cursing your PC – like it had a will of its own.

Take control!

Your PC doesn’t have a will of its own, though. You’re in control. So, let’s have a look at how to silence your PC when you’re using Windows.

If you’re using Windows, you can disable all sounds in your Internet browser by following these 8 steps:

  1. Click on Start
  2. Scroll down and click on Windows System
  3. Select Control Panel from the drop-down menu
1 Control Panel crop
  1. Select Network and Internet
2 Network Internet 1
  1. Select Internet Options
3 Internet Options 1
  1. Click on Advanced (top right)
  2. Scroll through the menu to Multimedia
  3. Deselect Play Sounds in Web Pages
4 Advanced 2

To reinstate the sound, just go through these same steps and select Play Sounds in Web Pages.

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