How to mute video ads in El Capitan's Safari

Don't you hate it when you have several open browser tabs in Safari and one of 'em is blasting you with unwanted music or an ad? You can eliminate the problem with Safari in Mac OS X El Capitan. 

You can mute music/noise without knowing which tab it's coming from — and right from the Smart Search field in the web browser. If you’re listening to audio in one tab and another website starts to play, you can mute the one you don’t want to hear. And if you want total silence, you can mute all audio from your browser, too.

To hush audio, find the audio icon in the smart search bar. Click it, and you'll see an option to mute the offending tab. Click it again to start the audio.

To disable the sound for all other tabs while still listening to one, you should:

  • Click and hold the sound icon on the tab you want to hear.
  • A menu will appear with two options: Mute This Tab and Mute Other Tabs.
  • Click on Mute Other Tabs.
  • All sounds from your other tabs will be muted.

To unmute the other tabs, click and hold on the sound icon on your current tab and then click on Unmute Other Tabs.