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5 Ingenious Tips and Tricks for Enhancing your YouTube Experience

5 Ingenious Tips and Tricks for Enhancing your YouTube Experience

From rib-cracking cat videos to some of the best vines, pranks, and fails on the internet, YouTube is the ultimate master of addiction. Tales of people getting hooked on celebrity gossip videos, game walkthroughs, and blogs for hours on end are quite popular.

Apart from entertainment, YouTube is also an effective learning tool, thanks to the tons of educational and instructional videos that can make an expert pianist out of nothing, literally.

As if the videos weren’t addictive already, YouTube includes some little-known tricks that help the real YouTube to addicts stay entertained, even when not actually checking out videos. Like its parent company, Google, YouTube developers often incorporate fun pieces of code that let users play with its interface.

Here, we sample 5 of the most interesting YouTube tricks for taking your YouTube experience to the next level.

1. On-site Video Editor

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    If you regularly upload videos to your channel or are looking to start uploading, YouTube has made this process a tad easier for you. Instead of editing your videos on an expensive third-party application like Final Cut, you can use YouTube’s own on-site editor to trim or lengthen clips, add effects, music, or even add extra clips to an existing video.

    You can also create videos without worrying about compatibility and also use soundtracks and music from a huge selection of songs.

    To use this feature, simply head over to your account, upload a video, and activate the video editor. You can choose from a wide variety of tools to easily customize your videos and experience on YouTube.

    2. “Use the Force Luke”

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      Typing this phrase into YouTube’s search bar will literally make you feel dizzy. In keeping up with Google’s famous doodles (recall “Google gravity”), YouTube incorporates its own set of doodles – called Hunt the Easter Eggs – that help you kill time without actually navigating away from the site.

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      This YouTube doodle shifts the contents of the page randomly, which is actually the closest YouTube comes to getting drunk. You can use your mouse pointer to shift contents around if you want more chaos. One caveat, though: if nausea comes easily for you, this will definitely do a number on you.

      3. YouTube TV

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        Watching standard YouTube videos on regular TVs can be a pain. You have to stay really close to the TV to watch videos or make adjustments to the videos. YouTube TV (formerly Leanback) is a cool YouTube user interface that can be used to watch and control YouTube videos on your TV screen.

        YouTube TV displays full-screen videos that have been adjusted for bigger screens, giving you the same experience you’d get from watching regular TV or movies on your TV screen. You can also pair your TV with an android or iOS mobile device to control the videos, which is pretty awesome for those of us with a deep relationship with the couch.

        4. Customize Playback Settings

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          One of the reasons why YouTube is such as popular social platform is its user-friendly and feature-filled interface. One of its recent updates enables you to deactivate captions and annotations that usually appear during playback. These can sometimes get annoying because they tend to create unnecessary distractions during playback.

          You can remove these by navigating to your YouTube account and selecting the Playback option. You can then hide or unhide annotations, in-video notifications, and captions during playback.

          Early versions of YouTube also let you set video quality preferences from your account, but these have since shifted to the video playback menu for each YouTube video.

          5. YouTube Live Stream

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            Since its launch in 2011, YouTube live streaming has been undergoing changes to improve user experience and compete with the likes of Facebook Live. If you haven’t tried YouTube’s live streaming feature yet, you are missing out on a whole world of opportunity.

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            Contrary to popular belief, this feature isn’t restricted to news channels and other commercial outfits. It is an awesome platform for vlogging and broadcasting live events on personal channels. Live streaming has become significantly important for YouTube

            YouTube’s inbuilt features are always receiving tweaks and updates, so be sure to check out YouTube’s community and help center regularly for the latest tips and tricks.

            And if you are looking to further customize your experience on YouTube, there are a handful of third-party applications you can use to perform a variety of functions. Some enable you to slow, fast-forward, or repeat YouTube videos. Others enable you to download YouTube videos or convert them to other formats such as GIF.

            While many work well for the specific task you want them to accomplish, a number of them can be quite disappointing.To protect yourself from mediocre apps on your YouTube channel, read the software reviews and use the trial versions before making a purchase

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            Published on September 20, 2018

            11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

            11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

            In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

            Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

            In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

            Minimizing Tabs

            Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

            Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

            Incognito Mode

            Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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            1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
            2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
            3. Download extension New Incognito Window

            This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

            Save Webpages as PDF Files

            Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

            Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

            Open Recently-closed Tabs

            Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

            One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

            The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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            Solve Mathematical Problems

            Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

            For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

            Play Media Files

            Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

            In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

            Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

            With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

            Stay Focus(e)d

            Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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            Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

            With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

            This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

            Grammarly for Editing

            Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

            You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

            Loom

            There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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            There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

            With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

            Chrome Calendar Extension

            No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

            Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

            Final Thoughts

            Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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