I was browsing Twitterland tonight, and I came across an article I really wanted to read, but I was distracted by an advertisement that was playing at the top of the page. I had scrolled past it quickly to get to the article, thinking that it would just stop playing after a few seconds, but it was stuck on an infinite loop from hell, so it never did.
I went up to the ad to mute the audio, but the controls were broken, so I couldn't get it to mute or pause. "Fuckin' great," I thought. "I really wanted to read this article while listening to some music, but I'll either have to find it on another site or just mute my whole computer for the time being."
"Wouldn't it be great if there was just some sort of 'mute all' browser option to kill the audio for just this site, so that I don't have to mute my music?"
Ask, and you shall receive.
On a whim, I went up to the tab for the site I was browsing, right-clicked, and sure as shit, there it was on the context menu - "Mute site":
I clicked that sucker, and immediately the stupid toothpaste advertisement quieted down.
Of course, once you mute a site, the menu option changes to "unmute", so you can quickly turn the audio back on for a tab, too (ya know, just in case you decide you really do need to hear about the latest advancements in toothpaste technology):
Now, I'm assuming this isn't a new feature, and has probably been around for a decade, but I can't tell you how many times I could have used this feature over the years and didn't, simply because I didn't know it was there.
So, this may be old news to many of you, but for those of you who had no idea this was a thing, well, then, you're welcome.
May your future browsing experiences be much more peaceful.