This week we follow up with a few more interesting tips on getting more control over YouTube video volume (Google Chrome, FireFox and Internet Explorer)
Here are a few ways to easily make a YouTube video play louder or quieter:
Keyboard Shortcuts (Default)
YouTube videos support standard and obvious keyboard shortcuts: use UP / DOWN arrows to make the video play 5% loader or quieter.
Note: You may have to click on the video to move the focus to it and make the shortcut work (otherwise the shortcuts will just move the whole page up or down), so you will still need an extra click.
Control Volume Scrolling Mouse Wheel (Google Chrome)
Magic Actions for Youtube is a fun Google Chrome extension that adds a few nice features to YouTube player including volume control using your mouse.
When on any YouTube video page, scroll your mouse wheel to make the video play louder or quieter. And you don’t even need to move focus to the video itself (like with the shortcut)!
The extension supports any web page with an embedded YouTube video as well as any page with a HTML5 video player.
The sound level is visualized via a pretty standalone indicator.
More features to enjoy:
- Set the videos to play in HD by default;
- Dim lights for the background page to enjoy the cinema mode (use the mouse wheel to change opacity of the background).
- Auto play any video once you land on a page;
- Disable video annotations.
The extension options let you enable or disable any of the above features as well as set the volume control look and feel:
- Change the color of the volume controller line;
- Set the text volume indicator (instead of color line):
Other supported online video streaming services: Vimeo.com
3. Control Volume from the Status / Addons Bar (FireFox, IE)
Addons bar” for FireFox 4+ users).is a handy FireFox and Internet Explorer addon that adds video controls to the browser status bar (or “
It is initially meant to help you control your desktop video or music player using your browser but it supports web video players (like YouTube) as well:
Apart from letting you control the volume and even mute it from your browser, you can also see the video information, pause the video, etc:
Besides, you can quickly hide it using the > sign on the Addons Bar.
Other supported online video streaming services: Blip.tv, Deezer, Last.fm, Songbird, more.
More YouTube tips we covered previously:
- 3 YouTube tools to create an easy lean-back TV experience: in case you have an idle minute and want to relax;
- 4 common YouTube annoyances and how to get rid of them with user scripts (prevent auto-playing and buffer smarter; improve default video quality, remove in-video ads, etc)
- How to force subtitles in an embedded YouTube video (to make your website easier to understand for non-English speaking visitors);
- 4 ways to easily embed part of a YouTube video: Save your site visitors’ time and show them the most interesting part!
Are there any other useful tips for controlling YouTube video volume? Please share them in the comments!