YouTube is a platform home to thousands of content creators and streamers producing videos for entertainment and education. As one of the companies owned by Google, there’s many tips, news, scandals, features, and tools we’ll share for you to read.

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Display rating previews on YouTube

YouTube like many other websites and services on the Internet uses a rating system that enables users to vote for or against videos on the site. While I can't say for sure […]

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Sort, thread and display all comments on YouTube

All Google or YouTube account owners can leave comments on the video hosting site. While I'm personally more of the ignoring type when it comes to comments on the site, as they […]

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More than 60% of the top 1000 YouTube music videos are blocked in Germany

If you like to use YouTube for watching the latest and greatest music videos, or classic music videos, you may have noticed the occasional "not available in your country" message when you […]

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Display buffer speed, size and total video size on YouTube

If you watch videos on YouTube regularly you may have noticed that some videos tend to buffer very slowly while others buffer faster. Sometimes, I come upon videos that won't buffer at […]

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TubeStop adds useful shortcuts to YouTube on Chrome

YouTube's default shortcut system - yes there are shortcuts - is really inferior when you compare it to other Google products. I'm not exactly sure why that is the case but it […]

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Display only subscriber uploaded videos on YouTube in Chrome

Are you using the subscription feature on YouTube? Doing so allows you to browse the latest video uploads and likes of users you are subscribed to.It is like subscribing to a website […]

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Hide YouTube video authors from recommended and suggestions

YouTube a couple of days ago rolled out a new design that has been heavily criticized by part of the video hosting site's user base. Among the points that got criticized is […]

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YouTube: dynamic always visible video player

When you visit YouTube to watch a couple of videos that have been uploaded to the site, and who does not nowadays, you may have noticed that the site lacks a couple […]

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How to center the new YouTube layout

You may have noticed that Google has launched a new layout for YouTube, one that is using a near white background and a design that is aligned to the left side of […]

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Identify songs used in YouTube videos

YouTube is a great place for music discovery. I sometimes type in an artist that I know to look at the related searches and suggestions that YouTube displays in the search results. […]

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YouTube subtitles get European languages support

Google introduced captions, in English only, to it's videos back in 2009. The feature is automatic and uses speech recognition to render the text -- a method that wasn't always very smooth […]

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How to play YouTube playlists in VLC

VLC Media Player is a versatile all-you-can-play program for Windows and other operating systems. What makes it popular is a mixture of features but especially the fact that you can throw nearly […]

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H.264 video support lands in Firefox Nightly. Update: Not

Did Google play Mozilla in regards to support for HTML5 video standards? Back when HTML5 video began to take forms, browser developers split into two groups. There were Microsoft and Apple who […]

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YouTube is Testing Another New Interface

A few weeks ago we  showed you how to access the new YouTube interface that they were testing out.  If you followed the steps and began using it, then you may have […]

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How to remove annotations on YouTube

YouTube's annotation feature enables video publishers to add comment bubbles to their videos. Annotations can be passive text snippets that you see on the screen or interactive elements that can be clicked […]

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YouTube improves content removal process

The video hosting website YouTube has been running the automated Content ID system for the last five years or so. It uses so called reference files - samples if you will - […]

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Remove undesirable comments on YouTube

Ever since Google acquired the video hosting platform YouTube it has been criticized for the unmoderated comment section on the site. Comments are often filled with profanities and insults that many YouTube […]

Access YouTube Experimental Design from any Browser

Google is famous for their Labs, which rolls out lots of experimental software, but they also test lots of different designs for their big web properties like Reader, Gmail, YouTube and more. […]

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Download your YouTube video history from Google Takeout

Google Takeout is an official service that enables Google users to export data from their Google account to their local computer system. Users can either download all account related data at once, […]

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YouTube Swap: switch between YouTube's current and future homepage

If you are following this blog regularly you know that Google is constantly working on the design of its products. The majority of these changes are usually tested using a-b tests, so […]

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Automatically use HTML5 players on Amazon, YouTube and Vimeo in Chrome

Update: It is 2018 now and things have changed dramatically. HTML5 replaced Flash on most sites already so that it is no longer necessary to use extensions that enforce the use of […]

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Want to try YouTube's Carousel Look? Then do this

It seems like Google is constantly trying out new designs and testing them on the live side by randomly selecting a percentage of the user base. The latest design that is currently […]

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YouTube combating spam problem with switch to real names?

Reports have appeared on a number of websites that YouTube seems to display prompts to users of the site at the moment that is asking them to start using their full name […]

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YouTube Editor now with face blurring option

Google has been pretty busy lately on the YouTube platform, releasing several design and layout changes to the site as well as new features to various parts of it. Today YouTube announced […]

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YouTube testing new video page design, try it now

Google appears to be working constantly on some of the company's most popular properties. An example where new designs are tested regularly is the Internet's most popular video hosting and watching destination […]

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Another YouTube redesign? Enable it right now

I stopped counting the redesigns and design changes that Google made on its properties in the second half of 2011 when they started to be launched in a much faster interval. It […]

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Get Your White Noise, Sleep Sounds Fix On YouTube

I'm always on the look out for free white noise and sleep sounds. This explains the number of articles that I have written about that particular topic over the years. Some of […]

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How to Stop Two YouTube Videos From Playing Simultaneously

If you have ever opened two web pages with embedded Youtube videos you know that it can happen that both videos start buffering and playing at the same time. That's obviously a […]

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YouTube Video History Monitor and Notifier for Chrome

With so many YouTube extensions available for all web browsers, it is hard to come by an original add-on that brings something to the table that the majority of extensions do not […]

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FancyTube Adds Much Needed Features To YouTube for Chrome

For the world's most popular video hosting site, YouTube is really short on options and settings that it provides to its users. While that may be one of the secrets of the […]

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YouTube Black Theme, A Dark-Style for YouTube

Not every YouTube visitor loves the new layout and design of the popular video hosting website. You may remember that the design has been changed not long ago, moving subscriptions and channels […]

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Popular YouTube Userscripts to improve the viewing experience

Userscripts can improve the individual experience on the video hosting site YouTube tremendously. They can basically change every aspect of the site, from its layout to new functionality that a lot of […]

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YouTube Launches One-click Video Improvements

If you do not have the time or skill to edit your videos locally before you upload them to the popular video hosting site YouTube, you'd probably grew fond of the video […]

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YTubePlayer Is A Desktop Youtube Player

Youtube desktop players offer an alternative to opening the YouTube website in a web browser. There are surprisingly few applications available that let you play YouTube videos on the desktop. Miro comes […]

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Hide Watched or Bland Videos On YouTube

If you are a regular on the video hosting site YouTube, you might feel that the site is missing options to hide or remove videos. This can be interesting for subscription videos […]

YouTube's Automated Copyright Video Scan Appears Broken

Imagine the following scenario. You film how you are collecting ingredients for a wild salad, and upload the video to YouTube. You then get a copyright claim later on stating that the […]

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YouTube Search History Now With Disable Option

The popular video hosting site YouTube up until now kept a log of all of the videos that you watched on the site while logged in to your YouTube or Google account. […]

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Gridtube Modifies YouTube's Search Layout

The search results layout on the video hosting website YouTube has a few usability issues. When you search on YouTube, you are presented with a long list of scrolling results. For each […]

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YouTube Browse, Video Editor And Manager Updated

While closing some of the company's lesser popular services, Google's popular services such as Google+ or YouTube have received plenty of updates in the past. Google today announced that they have updated […]

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Display The Inbox On The YouTube Frontpage

With YouTube's redesign now live on the site and with no turning back opportunity anymore, it is time to realize that the changes have not all be for the better. If you […]



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