Detach Videos From Browser Window

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 31, 2010
Updated • Aug 8, 2014
Software, Youtube

I sometimes like to watch a video, or a series of videos in the background while doing other stuff on the computer. To do that I usually reduce the size of the web browser window as much as possible. This is to make sure that most of the desktop space is available for those other tasks.

Detach Video is a portable application for Windows by Donation Coder's own Skrommel, to automate part of that process.

We have tested Detach Video in all four major web browsers and found it to be working best in Firefox. In fact, it was the only browser in our tests where it only detached the video from the page.

Used in other web browsers it detached not only the video, but other page contents as well.

The beauty of the application is its simplicity. Start it up and you will notice that it is running in the background. To detach a video move the mouse over it and press the F12 key.

That's all. No other operation is required.

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detach video

The detaching works only for one video at a time, which is a bit unfortunate. It also seems to only work on YouTube, or videos by YouTube and not with videos from other portals. Still, Detach Video has its uses, and there may be other video sites out there where it is fully compatible with.

The main advantage of using the program is that you do not have to resize the browser window manually as it will detach the video in a way that it is taken care of automatically for you.

You can change the hotkey from F12 to another one. This may be necessary as most browsers are mapping F12 to the Developer Tools so that it may not work if you keep the default one.

Detach Video is available for download at Skrommel's home on the web.


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  1. roger said on September 2, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    I prefer the freeware OnTopReplica, it takes more than one click but has much more functionality. You covered it previously:

  2. Jojo said on August 31, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    I open the video in its own window and then move it wherever I want.

    Wish I had room for a 2nd monitor though.

    Does anyone know of something that would allow you to mount a 2nd monitor on top of the main monitor (like you see in those wall street pictures)? Are there brackets you use for this?

    1. Martin said on August 31, 2010 at 10:11 pm

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