Ability to switch off sound of a specific tab

  • Suggestion sum-up

    Being able to switch off the sound of a specific tab, by clicking on the little animation which already exists on the tab icon when some sound is detected.

    Problem description

    In the current developer builds, we can now see a specific tab icon when there is some sound on a web page.
    This is a great improvement, because automatic video adverts are now very common, and incredibly annoying.

    However, not only some sounds are automatically played by some websites, but sometimes there is even no way to turn it off until the advert is finished!
    If I don't want to close the tab, it may be great to be able to switch of the sound of a specific tab.

    Use case example

    • I am listening to spotify on a tab (so I don't want to mute all Opera using my OS)
    • I open a tab with an automatically played video that I can't pause for a few seconds (annoying advert, for example)
    • I want to mute this last tab until the advert is finished
  • Would be interesting and kinda useful i guess.

    In fact i think it would be even better if we could disable any media autoplay.

  • +1

  • This feature is available in Chrome, but Opera is a much nicer (and faster) browser.
    In Chrome, I've found that I use the mute feature a lot. It's great for muting irritating adverts, or if you're listening to music (on Youtube or another online service, such as an online radio)and you want to watch a video then you can just mute it.

    This is a great feature and it would be great to see it in my favorite browser.

  • Tab muting was already implemented. It's enabled by default on Beta 35 and cab be enabled on 34 through opera:flags.

    Note that like anything under opera:flags, this is/may be a work in progress.

  • Horrible feature

    I thought something had failed on youtube as the sound was gone. Restated Opera and it was back. But then i started to notice that every time i wanted to click on the youtube tab the sound went away because of this anti pattern feature.

    The more tabs you have the worse the problem as the "speaker" icon covers a larger part of the area. BTW do some mouse mapping and see where people usually click on the tab to select it.

    The tab must be clean with no other feature than selecting it, THEN AND ONLY THEN can you have more features on it. Basic UX common guys.

  • Opera Software, can you please remove the illogical mute button from the tab please ? Why illogical ? because like previous user wrote one miss-clicks alot, and when you have pinned tabs the mute button covers more than half of each tiny pinned tab, making it super annoying and slow to drag tabs. For some like me, the contextual menu entry ("Mute Tab") is enough. There should exist a setting to enable/disable the button, for those that want a button. Why is the button forced down the throats of the rest of us ?

  • You can no longer disable the annoying mute tab button because Opera is masking the underlying engine's flags.

    Please, I just want to be able to configure this terrible button away.

  • Opera Software, can you please remove the illogical mute button from the tab please ? Why illogical ? because like previous user wrote one miss-clicks alot, and when you have pinned tabs the mute button covers more than half of each tiny pinned tab, making it super annoying and slow to drag tabs. For some like me, the contextual menu entry ("Mute Tab") is enough. There should exist a setting to enable/disable the button, for those that want a button. Why is the button forced down the throats of the rest of us ?

    Exactly. It used to work when you disable the mute button in opera://flags. This was great, it was win-win because some people think this is a great idea. They are obviously wrong, but it's about user control at the end of the day.

    I do not want media control buttons on a tab. That is completely illogical.

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