Block adverts on YouTube
To provide revenue for video creators, YouTube often
shows ads, known as 'pre-rolls',before a video plays. Some of these can be more then five minutes long, although these
epic adverts usually give you the option to skip after or 30 seconds.If you're stuck watching an awful ad that you can't skip, try refreshing the page,because you may
be shown a differnt ad instead - and hopefully
a shorter one.
If you keep seeing the same annoying ad, you can block it to ensure you never have to sit through it again. To do this, click the small 'i' button in the bootom- left
corner of the video and click 'stop seeing this ad'. This has the added benefit of skipping the corrent ad and taking you straight to the video. We're not sure how many
times you can get away with doing this, but it's less extreme than using an ad blocker.
Avoid the worst Youtube videos
YouTube isn't likely to serve up video it thinks you'll hate, but sometime it's nice to know that you're about to watch a video you'll prebably enjoy. YouTube Rating Preview
is a handy extension for Chrome that adds a blue bar to the thumbnail of every video link on every page on YouTube. It looks a bit like a progress bar, but it shows how much
the video has been liked.
The extension offers plenty of scope for costomisation, including colour, size and an option to highlight the best-rated videos on any given page. It's a must-have for
Force YouTube to play in HD
YouTube can stream all its videos in a variety of resolutions and sizes, and it automatically picks the one it thinks is best for your device ans connection speed.
This ensures your video starts quickly, but it's annoying if you're using a desktop computer with a fast connection and you're denied one of the HD streams.If you don't
see the HD label over the Setting button when a video starts playing, it means YouTube is playing it as a lower-quality. To change this, click the cog icon, click Quality
and choose the resolutionyou want.
Alternatively, you can use the Chrome extension Auto HD for YouTube to ensure the website always plays video in HD.This extension lets you specify the defalut setting you
prefer for YouTube videos, including resolution and player size.