The big difference with Noise Control is that it’s far more intuitive to use than Silent Tabs. It also goes a long way to silencing select auto-play videos. That’s especially true if you’ve gone anti-Adobe Flash Player, because Noise Control only works with HTML5-based content, not Flash. The good news is there’s a whole lot of HTML5 content on the web, including sites like YouTube.
Stop the noise
First, download and install the Noise Control add-on for Firefox. Once that’s done, try it out by visiting a site playing HTML5-based video, such as anything on YouTube or this PCWorld story—if you aren’t running Flash.
When HTML5-based content starts playing, an audio icon will appear on the tab itself. Click that and an “x” appears on the icon meaning the noise is silenced. This feature is great, and to guarantee it works whenever possible you might even consider disabling Flash on your system completely. You may lose video functionality on a few niche sites that are Flash-only, but for the most part sites will just feed you an HTML5 version instead.
Ian is an independent writer based in Israel who has never met a tech subject he didn't like. He primarily covers Windows, PC and gaming hardware, video and music streaming services, social networks, and browsers. When he's not covering the news he's working on how-to tips for PC users, or tuning his eGPU setup.