Fix YouTube Guide button displaying menu every time
For the past couple of days I have faced something very annoying on YouTube. Whenever I opened a page on the website, and it does not matter if it is the homepage, a video page, or any other page on it, the guide button would expand automatically displaying all of its menu on the screen.
Since I'm not running YouTube in a full screen browser window by default, it meant that it would overshadow part of the video on video pages, part of what is new on the home page, and part of the search results and video listings on other pages.
For those who do not know what the Guide button does: It replaced the sidebar menu on the left displaying links to your subscriptions, what to watch, playlists and more.
As you can see from the screenshot below, it displays on top of other page elements on the screen so that you have to manually remove it before you can see the whole page contents.
And since this is happening on every page load, it gets freaking annoying pretty soon.
Fixing the issue
Note: The guide button seems to be an experiment right now, or a new feature that is still being rolled out, since you may not see it yet on your system.
If you now thought that signing out of your YouTube / Google account does the trick, you are sadly mistaken. While signing out removes some of the information displayed in the guide menu, your subscriptions for example, it won't remove the guide button itself.
It is still there and it is still opening up automatically whenever you load a page on YouTube. Not good.
Fix 1: Other browser / Private browsing mode
Since the feature has not been rolled out yet so that it will appear all the time, you can switch to a different web browser or use your favorite browser's private browsing mode to get rid of the menu.
Private Browsing Mode shortcuts
- Mozilla Firefox: Ctrl-Shift-P
- Google Chrome: Ctrl-Shift-N
- Opera 15+: Ctrl-Shift-N
- Microsoft Internet Explorer: Ctrl-Shift-P
Fix 2: Clear the cookies
The second option that you have is to clear your browser's cookies. Actually, you only need to delete the YouTube cookies. Here is how you do so in Firefox:
- Right-click on the page while you are on YouTube (not on a video, page element or link) and select View Page Info from the context menu.
- Switch to the Security tab on the new window.
- Click on View Cookies here.
- This displays all cookies that are set by YouTube.
- Click on Remove all Cookies here to remove them all in one go, or remove them individually instead.
- Close the page and reload the YouTube website.
- The guide button menu should be gone and you should see the old menu on the left again.
In Google Chrome you need to do the following instead:
- Load chrome://settings/ in the browser's address bar.
- Click on "Show advanced settings" at the bottom of the page.
- Click on Content settings.
- Click on "All cookies and site data"
- Enter "youtube.com" in the search cookies field.
- Select remove all to remove all matching cookies.
- Reload the YouTube page you are on.