Vivaldi 1.7: Audio muting improvements

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 24, 2017
Updated • Jun 27, 2017
Internet, Vivaldi

Vivaldi 1.7, the upcoming next version of the popular web browser, will ship with better audio muting controls that users can utilize.

Most web browsers support audio muting by now. Most display audio indicators in the tab bar of the browser. Some let you control audio directly through those icons, usually to toggle the audio state between mute and unmute.

Vivaldi supports this as well, and that is probably all that the majority of Internet users require. It indicates the sites that play audio, and gives you controls to mute the audio with a click.

Vivaldi does support more mute options though than muting or unmuting tabs in the browser.

Vivaldi 1.7: Audio muting powerhouse

vivaldi mute

Vivaldi 1.7 will support the following mute options:

  1. Mute/Unmute Tab
  2. Mute/Unmute Other Tabs
  3. Mute/Unmute All Tabs

Only mute and unmute is available in the interface directly when you click on the audio icon to toggle the audio state. It is also the only option that functions as a toggle. The remaining mute commands are all individual commands.

You have three options to make use of the other options.

Quick Commands

Quick Commands is quite the useful feature. Tap on F2 to bring up the command bar, type an action or command that you want executed, and select it from the list of results Vivaldi returns to you.

Type mute, and all mute options are listed. You may select these commands with the keyboard, or with the mouse.

Keyboard shortcuts

vivaldi mute keyboard

Second, you may add keyboard shortcuts to any of the actions so that you can run them using the keyboard.

  1. Load vivaldi://settings/keyboard/.
  2. Select Tab on the page.
  3. Scroll down to the mute options on the page.

Simply click on a field, and press a keyboard shortcut to assign it to the action.

Mouse Gestures

mouse gestures mute

The second option that you have is to assign these new mute actions to mouse gestures.

  1. Load vivaldi://settings/mouse/ in the browser's address bar.
  2. Click on the plus icon underneath the mouse gestures listing.
  3. Scroll down until the audio mute actions are listed.
  4. Pick one that you want to configure, and click next.
  5. Draw a gesture that you want to associate with the selected action.
  6. Click save once you are satisfied with the result.

To use mouse gestures, simply hold down the right mouse button and draw it on the screen.

Closing Words

There is still some work to be done to improve the muting capabilities further. An option to mute audio in background tabs automatically would certainly be useful, provided that it can be turned on or off.

Of course, global audio permissions, using blacklists or whitelists, would be mighty useful as well.

Now You: Do you use your browser's audio muting functionality?

Vivaldi 1.7: Audio muting improvements
Article Name
Vivaldi 1.7: Audio muting improvements
Vivaldi 1.7, the upcoming next version of the popular web browser, will ship with better audio muting controls that users can utilize.
Ghacks Technology News

Tutorials & Tips

Previous Post: «
Next Post: «


  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

Leave a Reply

Check the box to consent to your data being stored in line with the guidelines set out in our privacy policy

We love comments and welcome thoughtful and civilized discussion. Rudeness and personal attacks will not be tolerated. Please stay on-topic.
Please note that your comment may not appear immediately after you post it.