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Youtube Annotations

YouTube has finally added a new feature to their website: it's called YouTube Annotations and you can see it here in action.

It is subtext for videos basically although they prefer to call it annotations to make it clear that they can be used for a broader purpose.

Subtitles usually only provide a textual version of the voice acting in videos and to a lesser extent scene descriptions.

YouTube Annotations can be used to add information to the video. This is a great chance to add value to a video but poses the risk that this may be misused for advertisement.

youtube annotations

As you can see above, annotations can be used for all kind of things including linking to other contents on the site.

The main issue that YouTube users have with annotations is that they interrupt the viewing of the video. If one or multiple comments are spawned on the screen, or take up the entire screen as seen before, it is seen by many as a huge annoyance on the site.

There are two options to deal with annotations on the site.

You can hover the mouse cursor over individual annotations to close them. When you hover the mouse over them a close icon (an x) is displayed that you can click on to remove it.

You can also click on the video settings button in the play toolbar and switch annotations for that video off completely which is often the better option especially if multiple annotations are used throughout it.

Update: Google added an option to YouTube to disable annotations for all videos on the site. You do need to sign in to YouTube for that though using a Google account or your old YouTube account.

Open the YouTube settings with a click on your profile image on the top right and another click on the YouTube settings icon.

Switch to playback once the settings have loaded and uncheck the "Show annotations, channel promotions and interactive cards on videos" preference.

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Find out what YouTube annotations are, why they can be annoying and how to disable them for individual videos or completely.

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  1. Thomas Murphy said on June 5, 2008 at 10:11 am

    Actually clicking that on every video will be a major pain.

  2. Paul said on June 25, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Hey, these guys found a funny way to use annotations… Thought you might enjoy!


  3. AutoAnnotate said on September 24, 2011 at 9:42 pm


    Use this website. It works great!

    The website lets you copy an annotation from any of your videos and paste it on some or all of your other videos. You no longer have to do it by hand.


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