YouTube Shortcuts and Tricks that Everyone Should Know

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YouTube, great and famous platform to watch and upload videos. One of great tool on the web for to reach your product or videos to more people. In this article several YouTube shortcuts are listed, If you’re not using it though, now is a great time to start.

Here are some of great tips and YouTube shortcuts to make your experience delightful :-

01. YouTube Shortcuts

02. Control full YouTube from Keyboard

Add “/leanback” end of YouTube i.e Now you can completely browse content using your keyboard. Interesting thing about this feature is Instant search &  better user experience.

03. Play YouTube video in background on Android and iOs

Using Google chrome browser, you can play YouTube videos in background even when mobile screen is turned off. No need to download any other app. User can enjoy the music in background while working on other apps.

This will also work on Mozilla Firefox browser, or any other browser which have “Desktop Site” Options.

04. Download YouTube videos

Download YouTube video & watch later. This helps use to save the bandwidth & user can watch buffer free video as it run directly from our computer. Add ss at front of YouTube URL. Select video quality & download the video.


05. YouTube dark theme

Dark themes give great experience while watching YouTube. It’s helps to enjoy your weekends give big screen like feel. To do so click on the top-right where your profile image appear. Select the Dark theme option and toggle the button.

06. Start video from specific time

Append “#t=” at the end of the YouTube URL followed by the time from you want to start the video. User can also specify time in minutes and hours formats like “#t=5m56s” or “#t=1h53m52s”. Modified URL skip continue at your given time.

07. Start & End video from specific time

Yes, You can start & end video from specific time. No need to share whole video, many time user only want to share specific scenes.  To start and end video, append ?start=<seconds> and ?end=<seconds> to define the starting and ending time. The duration must be always in seconds.

Format :<VideoID>?start=<seconds> and ?end=<seconds>

08. Open video transcript

Open video. Press on “three dots” tab below video and Select Open Transcript. Transcript appear at the right of video.

09. Control YouTube video using number key

Pressing Number 0, 1, 2 to 9 will forward & backward video by 0%, 10%, 20%, 30% … 90% respectively by total duration time.

10. Floating YouTube chrome extension

One of most useful extension Floating YouTube that keeps making a video floating on top of all windows. This helps to allowing user to work at the same time on other applications. Floating YouTube is a Chrome extension that keeps a floating mini player on top of all windows.

11. YouTube advertisement blocker

AdBlocker extension is helpful tool to watch advertisement free video. Advertisement is truly annoying specially when it advertisement buffer. This chrome extension help you to remove advertisement and watch video without any break. AdBlocker extension is free for Chrome & Firefox browser.

12. Share video from specific time

Right click on video. Select Copy video URL at current time from the drop-down menu. Or user can  click on the Share tab & select “Start at: time”.

13. Watch YouTube video using VLC player

Video start playing in VLC player. You can you use all VLC features & keyboard shortcuts.

14. Search YouTube like pro

YouTube give us privilege to use search filters. Many times user want to get all playlist video or to search exact phase, exclude words form YouTube results. Getting irrelevant results only waste time, so better to use these filters next time.

So here is how, we can do this

You can use the multiple filter in one query to get precise result such as India city -mumbai +delhi. This lists  the result by excluding words -mumbai and include words delhi in search result.

15. Remove age restriction

Some YouTube videos are age restricted and only be played after by verifying age due to inappropriate content. Sometimes the user don’t want to login due to some privacy issue or any other reason like user don’t have an account. So to watch YouTube age restricted video in very simple steps without login. Append the nsfw before


If you’re not using it though, now is a great time to start YouTube shortcuts. Any questions? Just shoot in the comments section &  let us know !.

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