YouTube tips and tricks + bonus

YouTube is the third most visited page on the Internet which means you have probably visited the page in the past. These tips and tricks help make your experience more enjoyable and if possible, productive.

Play and pause a video

Press the spacebar or the ‘k‘ key on your keyboard to play and pause a video.

Holding down either of these keys also plays the video in slow motion.

Jump to start of a video

Pressing the 0 (zero) key on your keyboard will jump to the beginning of a video. The home key also works for jumping to the start of a video.

Jump to the end of a video or go to the next video

Pressing the end key on your keyboard will go to the end of the video. If you are playing a playlist, it goes to the next video in the playlist.

Skip or jump in the video

Fast forward or rewind

If you want to fast forward or rewind in increments of five seconds, press the left or right arrow keys. If you need to jump more than five seconds hold down the Ctrl key and press the arrow key for the direction you want to jump in ten second increments.

Skip to video sections

Pressing the number keys from 1 to 9 seeks (jumps) to that percentage of the video. In other words 1 jumps to 10%, 2 jumps to 20%, 3 jumps to 30%, etc.

Make the video full-screen

Pressing ‘f‘ on the keyboard switches between full-screen and normal mode.

Turn up and down the volume

Pressing the up or down arrow keys turns up and down the volume of the video. If you are turning down the volume and continue to hold the down arrow key, it will eventually mute the volume. pressing ‘m‘ on the keyboard also mutes and unmutes the volume.

YouTube Lean Back

Finally, from our YouTube  tricks, YouTube also has a feature called YouTube Lean Back that allows you to navigate YouTube without using a mouse.

Bonus: Make a YouTube video into an animated Gif

YouTube is a great site for watching videos and using the site gifyoutube you can make any section of any video into an animated Gif. To create an animated Gif using this site follow the steps below.

1. Open YouTube and find the video you want to make a clip. Copy the URL of the video you want to use. In this example, we are using the below URL.

2. Open GifYouTube and paste the URL into the text box and click the Create GIF button.

3. In the Configure Your GIF window select the Start Time, Gif length, and Title of your animated Gif and then click Create GIF.

4. Once the image has been crated you can share on any of the major social networking sites or click the chain icon to get the path to the image file or path to GifYt. Below is an example of an animation of the URL used earlier.


An easy method of creating any animated Gif images in the future is to remember that you can add “gif” in front of any YouTube URL to automatically be forward to the site. For example:”

would become”

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