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YouTube 101

Friday, September 10th, 2010 by | Filed Under: Uncategorized, Using The Internet

YouTube videos have become a regular source of entertainment and information for millions. They also provide an additional platform for our own informational services here at Worldstart. However, there are some tools provided by YouTube, that may not be familiar to all viewers.

The ones that will be discussed here are found in the video control toolbox. I was unable to find a proper name for this, so today it’s called a toolbox. In the lower right corner of the YouTube video screen, you’ll find several tools. Not all videos come equipped with the same tools, and their locations in the toolbox may vary.

This tool, usually found on the far left, adjusts screen resolution. The resolution range, depending on the video, is from 240p to 720p. The higher number will offer a clearer, sharper image, especially when the video is brought up to a size that fills your computer screen. Unfortunately, higher resolution may also slow the transmission of the video. You may have to experiment a little to determine which works best for you.


For full screen, click on the button with the 4 arrows pointing outwards from the center (generally located on the far right) and the video will fill your computer screen. When you’re done watching the video, you can either click again on that button, or press the Esc key on your keyboard. This will reduce the video screen to normal size. Below, from our series, What The Heck Is Inside My Computer?, you can see the difference. The first shot is the standard view. The second, is a high resolution full size view. As you can see, the full size screen is especially helpful for viewing detail shots.



The button with the bent arrow pointing at right angles, approximately doubles the size of the video.


To the left of that, the one with what looks like 2 pieces of paper, the pop out, opens a separate window in which you can view the video. If you choose to use this, the YouTube website will remain in the background.


The pop out screen also offers a full set of tools.

There is at least one other tool occasionally found in the toolbox. This would be the red button with an arrow pointing upward. This controls closed captions (not available on many videos) and Annotations. There may be in the place of the arrow button, a red closed captions button with CC printed on it. It will be the same as the button framed in the image below.

Many YouTube videos include advertising. This will appear across the bottom of the viewing screen. If you don’t want to watch the ads, you can click on the X on the lower right corner of the screen to make them disappear. Or, if you want the ads you can click on the Ad button shown below


I hope this helps improve your YouTube viewing experience.


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