The sudden jerk of panic that is caused by a background tab that plays a video when you didn't expect it to is something that most of us are familiar with. The annoying sound will blast as soon as the webpage loads.
We call it annoying as mostly you might not know that these media elements are there and they are all set to blast our of the speakers or you know about them and you want to wait to be played until you are ready to watch them.
If you have many tabs open on your browser, it could be really infuriating to search for the one that is blaring an auto-playing video you don't want. Though most users hate these auto-playing tabs idea, the webmasters do the same for some or the other reason.
Here, we have come up with simple and easy tips to stop the auto-playing tabs on browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Well, take a look at the procedure from below.
Stop Auto-playing Tabs on Chrome
In Chrome, you can scroll down to the menu option 'Plug-ins' and click on the option reading, 'Let me choose when to run plugin content'. This will force you to click on an audio or video embed before it actually starts playing.
In case, you want to disable the same only on a few websites, you can head on to Manage exception. There, you can create a whitelist of exceptions.
Disable Auto-playing Tabs on Firefox
If you are using Mozilla Firefox, you can stop the auto-playing tabs by looking for the option plugins.click_to_play. There, you can set the value of the same to False.
Unfortunately, you cannot manage exceptions using Firefox as you can do in Chrome. However, when you actually visit a website, you will get the option to let the auto-play from the future visits.
Stay away from Auto-playing Tabs on Safari
the Mavericks version of Safari has an inbuilt feature known as Power Saver. To go there, you need to navigate through Preferences → Advanced and enable the checkbox next to the option Stop plug-ins to save power.
Interestingly, you can create exceptions on Safari as in the case of Chrome. This is possible by checking in the Details box and adding the websites you want to exclude to the whitelist.