YouTube: Viewing Settings

Did you know you can watch videos at double speed, in theater mode or adjust your settings for a slow connection? Let's explore the viewing settings in YouTube.

Adjust your speed

My favorite way to watch videos is at double speed, unless of course I'm watching a step-by-step tutorial where I might want to slow it down to follow along. To change speeds, click the Gear button and select Speed. Choose from several speeds from 0.25 to 2.

Player size

The default size of your video player automatically adapts to the space in your browser window. If you want to manually change the size of your video player, you can resize your browser window. Other options for viewing your video include:
  • Full Screen: fills the entire screen with your video. Press ESC to exit full screen
  • Theater Mode: adds a black background around the player without going full screen
  • Download the Floating YouTube Chrome extension that keeps a floating mini player on top of all windows for YouTube. It includes an ad blocker!

Slow Connection Tips

If you have a slow internet connection, there are some things you can try to optimize your viewing experience:
  • Choose lower video quality settings (240p or 360p). Click the gear button and select quality
  • Start the video and then click Pause right away. Wait for the gray video progress bar to load before clicking Play.

Right-click to share a video at a specific time:

Keyboard Shortcuts:

Try these keyboard shortcuts when watching videos:

k or spacebar = pause or play
j = rewind 10 seconds
l = fast-forward 10 seconds
m = mute
Number 0 = go to the beginning of the video
Numbers 1 to 9 = jump to 10% to 90% of the video

Feel free to share any tips you have for YouTube in the comments below!


  1. Love the eBytes!

    I'd LOVE to know how to add the Extension Powerpoint templates to my PPT template toolbar. Every time I have to find the files and open them, then do some cutting and pasting.

    On a related note, I'd also like to know if there's an easier way to take a WORD doc and put it into the Extension document / flyer templates. I always spend a ton of time re-formatting. Thanks!

    1. That's a great idea! It's easy to do. I'll do a little screen capture in the next couple weeks and that should make PowerPoint life a little easier! THANKS for the suggestion!

  2. Karen you listen at 2x?! You're a mad woman! I only do 1.5 usually. I'm adding YEARS to my life though, right?!

  3. I so enjoy learning from you, Karen. Say, I noticed that to use numbers to jump to parts of the video, I had to pause it first (yes, I used "k"), then hit the number to go to the section I wanted, then unpause (with the "k" again). Quick and easy - love it!

    Amy - I am generally a 1.5-er, too. ;-)