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.
Lets take a look at the options that the YouTube extension for Chrome offers:
YouTube Options works on other video hosting sites as well which you can enable here in this menu. The sites it works on are:
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.
Here you can also disable the extension's functionality, and enable it again once you would like to make use of it again.
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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