When you play a video on the video hosting site YouTube, you have three options when it comes to the size of the player video.
You can switch between a small and large player in the YouTube window, or switch to full screen mode instead.
While that may be sufficient for many, some may prefer better resizing options than that.
We reviewed the Resize YouTube Player userscript previously which adjusts the player size automatically using the browser window size.
It needs to be noted that it works only with the Adobe Flash player version on YouTube, and not if you are using the HTML5 video player by default.
While you can resize the video player window if you use the HTML5 player, the video itself won't be adjusted in size.
You can join or leave the HTML5 player version here on this page.
When you visit a YouTube video page after installation of the extension in either Firefox or Chrome, you will notice a gray area on the right side of the player interface.
When you move your mouse cursor over it, it changes into a resize cursor. All you have to do is use drag and drop to resize the player window accordingly.
Changing the player size
Result: A larger player size on YouTube
The selected player size is automatically remembered, and all videos that you open at a later point in time will use the same interface as well without the need for making adjustments.
If you increase the player size, I'd highly recommend that you also increase the quality of the video, provided that it is available in higher qualities than 360p.
The YouTube setting "Always choose the best quality for my connection and player size" is not that appropriate for it though. You find it under Playback options in the account settings.
While you can modify player settings manually with a click on the settings button in the player interface, it is not that comfortable either.
Probably the best option here is to install YouTube Center, available for various web browsers as it allows you to set a preferred video quality.
If you want to change the size of the player window on YouTube, then this is the extension that helps you do that. The extension is comfortable to use, and provides you with options to customize the dimensions of the video player to your liking.
The only drawback is that it only works with Flash videos, and not HTML5. Since it works in Chrome, it is likely that it will also work in the most recent Opera browser version.
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