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Configure YouTube the way you want with YouTube Options for Chrome

If you hang out on YouTube regularly for your latest video fix you have probably noticed a few annoyances on the site that you'd like to correct.  From the lack of options to pick a default screen resolution to appearance related settings. Even small changes can make a huge difference, and that's what YouTube Options for the Google Chrome browser is all about.

You will notice a difference right away after you have installed the extension in the Chrome browser. All YouTube videos play by default on a bare-bones page on the site that is only showing the header, video title and video player. All other elements, like user comments, the video description or related videos are not displayed anymore. You can however get those back easily if you prefer them to be displayed on the video pages.

youtube videos

YouTube Options

Lets take a look at the options that the YouTube extension for Chrome offers:

Video related settings

  • Set a preferred video size and quality, from 240p all the way up to 1080p or based on the browser's window size.
  • Hide in-video ads and annotations
  • Disable auto-play, keep it enabled in playlists.
  • Disable auto-buffering
  • Loop YouTube videos
  • Open suggested videos in place of the existing video, in a new window, in a popout window
  • Mouse over video thumbnails to play
  • Change url to https (SSL)
  • Add RSS links to page and source headers

Layout related settings

  • Hide the Youtube header
  • Hide the headline
  • Hide item description
  • Expand video descriptions automatically
  • Hide comments
  • Hide video suggestions
  • Hide footer
  • Hide playlists
  • Hide branding and fix spacing
  • Scroll to top of video
  • Change the background color
  • Hide everything and change the background color
  • Hide player controls automatically when playing


YouTube Options works on other video hosting sites as well which you can enable here in this menu. The sites it works on are:

  • YouTube
  • Vimeo
  • Dailymotion
  • Metacafe
  • G4TV
  • FEARnet
  • Funny or Die
  • Hulu
  • The Escapist
  • Dump
  • others

One interesting feature is provided by the extension icon that it places in Chrome's address bar. You can enable or disable features right from the menu. If you for instance like to see the description or comments, you can enable those.

youtube video options

Here you can also disable the extension's functionality, and enable it again once you would like to make use of it again.

Closing Words

The extension makes available many smaller changes that can improve the video viewing experience on YouTube. It allows you to hide the page elements that you are not interested in, define how the videos should be presented to you, and let you configure several additional features like looping that you may find useful.

Update: Please note that the company that is developing the extension has turned it into a paid subscription-based service. You can read about that here on this page where I list a couple of alternatives.

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  1. ódio said on June 12, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    and for Firefox any good SINGLE option? I mean, i use a couple add-ons and 3 or 4 userscripts for youtube on Firefox. It will be great if a single add-on could take care of all this options.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on June 12, 2012 at 11:46 pm

      YouTube Center seems to offer many of the features, but not really a lot in terms of interface customizations.

  2. ódio said on June 12, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    nice one… too bad it dont download only the audio as Mp3

  3. ódio said on June 12, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    now i see it can redirect you to MP3 Download Services

    1. mazling said on June 13, 2012 at 2:04 am

      You may well get some use out of FLV Extract from
      Minimalist apps ftw :)

  4. Peter said on June 20, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    is there a way the channel owner can hide the description so no one can see it. is that what you meant by hiding the description, header, etc.

    As a youtube channel owner, i don’t want people copying my description to beat get my view.

    any help would be greatly appreciated. and thanks for the great article

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on June 20, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      I do not think there is an option to do that.

  5. KARIN SUPINUUSA said on January 2, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    AD block doesnt work anymore;
    Youtube Center doesnt work anymore too;
    YTO – doesnt work anymore too, so…

    just one option: get out of youtube, they will always shut down everything that could stop the damn ads…

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