If you hang out on YouTube a lot you have probably already explored browser add-ons and userscripts that improve your experience while you are on the site. I know that we have reviewed more than a dozen or so in the past, and while that is certainly giving anyone a great selection of extensions to choose from, there is always one lurking around the corner that may be better than the last.
I recently reviewed a script that resizes the frame of the player on YouTube to fit the browser window perfectly. No annoying sidebar on the right or other page elements on top or below the video.
Alex mentioned Unique YouTube Skin as an alternative to the script linked above in an email. It basically does what the other script does but adds a ton of options and features on top of that. Below is a screenshot of the script in action. Note that it displays the videos this way automatically.
The script is compatible with Firefox if Greasemonkey or a comparable script is installed, with Google Chrome if Tampermonkey is installed, and with the Opera web browser if Violantmonkey is installed.
The first thing that you will notice after installation is that it loads all videos so that they match the browser window size. What it does as well is switch to a higher video quality automatically depending on the resolution of the browser window. So, if you are watching the video in full screen on a 1920x1080 screen you will notice that it will pick the highest available quality automatically to make the experience more enjoyable.
The sidebar just like all other page elements are hidden by default. You can use the scroll wheel of your mouse or tap on the x-key on the keyboard to display it on the left of the screen. Moving the mouse to the right screen border or tapping on the z-key hides it again.
The c-key should open the settings but that did not work on my system. I was able to open the settings by displaying the sidebar first using the mouse-wheel, and clicking on the gears icon on top there to do so.
Here is a list of features that you can enable or disable:
As you can see, it has a lot to offer. When you make changes to the settings the page you are on gets reloaded automatically right away.
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