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4 Common YouTube Annoyances & How To Get Rid Of Them With Userscripts

Ann Smarty 19-02-2011

We do love YouTube and the awesome user-generated resource of cool timely videos it has grown into over time. We love its variety and flexibility: we have seen already how to search YouTube like a PRO How to Search YouTube Like a Pro Using Advanced Search Operators Here's how to use YouTube's advanced search operators, including filters, for better YouTube search results. Read More , how to control the player using keyboard shortcuts The Comprehensive Guide to YouTube Player Keyboard Shortcuts Read More and how to use YouTube Editor How To Use The New YouTube Video Editor Read More . There is really something for anyone there.

However you can’t please everyone all the time and there are many people who find some of YouTube’s features annoying (while loving the resource overall). Let’s try to cope with the most popular YouTube annoyances:

1. Autoplay

As well as the buffering feature which forces the video to play immediately once the page loads, and then stops the video frequently to buffer it.

2. Video quality

There is no good way to choose the default quality of a video (based on your preferences and connection settings).

3. Advertisements Embedded Within A Video

Clicking X to close an advert again and again in each video you watch is really disturbing.

4. No Way To Easily Access Some Great Built-In Features

For example, there is no way to loop videos selectively.

Here are a few userscripts that cope with all of these annoyances effectively:

YouTube HD Ultimate

YouTube HD Ultimate is a userscript which forces YouTube to select the highest video quality a user’s computer can handle (with options to lower it if the computer has problems playing 1080px videos).

Supported Browsers

FireFox (via Greasemonkey) and Opera.


Options can be found in the upper-right-hand corner of a YouTube page:

youtube annoyance

From there (among other things) you can:

  • Set the default quality of each video;
  • Enable / disable autoplay;
  • Hide / show annotations.

If you hover over any option settings, you’ll see a short explanation as well as the general recommendations as to how to use each one:

annoying things about youtube

YouTube Enhancer

YouTube Enhancer is a feature-rich userscript similar to the above one with more cross-browser compatibility options and a different feature layout.

Supported Browsers

FireFox (via Greasemonkey), Opera, Google Chrome (the latest version), Flock, Safari, SeaMonkey (with a patch).

The script installs its own player controls that allow to play, pause, loop, rewind, download and even convert the current video as well as set the quality:

Youtube Enhancer

The script also has global options for all YouTube videos accessed via the “General options” link on top of the video:

annoying things about youtube

YouTube Auto Buffer & Auto HD & Remove Ads

YouTube Auto Buffer & Auto HD & Remove Ads is a userscript whose name speaks pretty much for itself. Its main feature is removing adverts embedded into the videos. Besides that, it buffers the video without autoplaying and puts it in HD if the option is on.

Supported Browsers

FireFox (via Greasemonkey) and Opera (with some reported issues with Autobuffer Options).

The script options are nicely integrated into the YouTube interface allowing you to:

  • Choose between autoplay / autobuffer options;
  • Set the default quality;
  • Hide in-video ads:

youtube annoyance

Note: there’s one minor annoyance with the tool which you may notice: the script allows the video to play for a second and then pauses it.

Endless YouTube

Endless YouTube: If you are one of those people who tend to watch or listen to one and the same music / video clip over and over again, this script is right for you. It enables you to loop the whole video or a part of it for it to play over and over until you close the tab.

Supported Browser

FireFox (via Greasemonkey).

Just set the time interval you want to loop or click “Loop video” to play the whole clip again and again:

Endless Youtube

Are there any other YouTube annoyances you wish you could cope with? Let’s try to find the solutions together!

Related topics: Greasemonkey, Online Video, YouTube.

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  1. Lee The Rednose
    November 13, 2017 at 11:52 am

    I don't know about you, but I've seen better days with my browser. I use palemoon, but many other variants of the browser as well. I am able to edit much stuff to get it to install, or tweak/modify-I have no idea what skillset we call this. But I know most people have no Idea what an extension even is--let alone deal with a user script which doesn't want to install, or logically solve why things "stopped working."

    Complete YouTube Saver 5.7.36

    User Scripts
    YouTube Stop HTML5 Video Autoplay 2 Simple 0.0.9
    YouTube - Use CA region CDN loading 1.0.0

    VLC Youtube Shortcut

    User Styles
    YouTube – Pikachu progress bar video player theme
    Star Wars | Youtube Lightsaber Player

    From my settings with love
    .. til someone comes behind me an says, "your solution doesn't work Son"

  2. Tabitha E Carter
    May 21, 2017 at 2:41 am

    Now, will someone please tell me how to stop the loop? It makes me crazy!!

  3. San Mackin
    December 10, 2016 at 8:52 am

    I don't like being forced to watch advertisements, if I want to watch them il turn on regular tv.... I pay to watch YouTube... I don't shop or buy products that force me to watch annoying ads

  4. qwyzyl
    March 15, 2015 at 12:23 am

    I didn't really find this article helpful. It didn't exactly describe HOW to get rid of the autoplay. It seems like finding easy-to-understand solutions to problems that shouldn't be built in to these things in the first place is absolutely impossible.

    these questions are either talked around in stead of being directly addressed or they're answered in the most confusing, convoluted and impossible-to-understand technological jargon possible.

    I give up. guess I'll ever be stuck with that annoying autoplay sitting there at the top of the sidebar, when it hadn't been there be fore, not to mention the other computer-related problems I guess I'll never be able to solve.

    why is it people have to go out of their way to make things as complicated, annoying and frustrating as possible? why can't people make things as easy as possible?

    this is the 21st century. computers and the internet should not be this difficult.

    • anon
      August 2, 2016 at 8:24 am

      Exactly what I thought! Thanks!

    • Zane Lee
      July 31, 2018 at 3:56 am

      Qwyzyl, so very right, so very nice to read.

      I would like to have a personal AI troubleshooting/workaround computer that interfaces directly with my PC to resolve any IT issues. Simply tell HAL to analyze my glitchy computer and fix it. A "talk to" computer that will do more for me than the computer whiz talking heads spouting tech speak gobbledygook.

      I agree. Why does it take 200+ words of do this, then do that, in this order tedious text jargon-word instructions with to hopefully get something done.

      10 years from now we will be looking back and thinking how ridiculous it was that to just use a computer you have to be a technician.

  5. Swillardgrub
    May 5, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Until about a month ago, I was able to click on the box that would allow you to make the video any size you wanted on your screen. Now there's only a box that allows you to watch it slightly larger. What happened?

    • Ann Smarty
      May 12, 2011 at 7:17 pm

      , do you mean changing the video size while watching or while embedding? I don't think I ever used the feature to adapt the size while I was watching... Are you sure there wasn't any addon involved?

  6. anonymous
    March 4, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    There's also Youtube repeat for looping...just add repeat in the youtube url lik this:

  7. anonymous
    March 5, 2011 at 12:04 am

    There's also Youtube repeat for looping...just add repeat in the youtube url lik this:

  8. Sami Kujansuu
    March 4, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    i've been using this [Broken Link Removed] rel="nofollow">
    works pretty well :)

  9. Sami Kujansuu
    March 4, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    i've been using this [Broken Link Removed]
    works pretty well :)

  10. Mike Figueroa
    February 27, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    You know what tops my list of annoying things on YouTube? All the comments of course! You'll never lay eyes on them again with these two lines of JS:

    var e = document.getElementById('watch-discussion');

    • Ann Smarty
      February 27, 2011 at 8:40 pm

      Comments are really huge annoyance! Thanks for the tip!

    • Rob
      February 23, 2018 at 1:30 pm

      You can choose to read them or not Like selecting auto play, or not!
      I like to find next on topic I am learning about functional medicine that way.
      As to comments I find them useful to rate the quality of the presentations
      eg I watch magicians tricks, More importantly use them for replying when something bugs me like robot voices. I learn so ,uch about related foods medicines therapies or just good musicians by searching comments
      for useful links if not spammers. Essential part of vids Look at the marvelous contributors to Martin Molins Marble machine X construction ideas

  11. Mike Figueroa
    February 27, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    You know what tops my list of annoying things on YouTube? All the comments of course! You'll never lay eyes on them again with these two lines of JS:

    var e = document.getElementById('watch-discussion');

    • Rob
      February 23, 2018 at 1:32 pm

      why are you reading theses comments then? rolflol

  12. Ann Smarty
    February 20, 2011 at 8:15 am

    This one seems to receive positive feedback: [Broken Link Removed]

  13. wantabe
    February 20, 2011 at 3:40 am

    One more good userscript is Yousable TubeFix. I was using Youtube Enhancer for a couple years but it quit working for me on FF4b11. There is also a Chrome version.

    • Ann Smarty
      February 20, 2011 at 7:08 am

      Looks like a great one - thanks!

    • Amitash
      February 20, 2011 at 5:19 pm


  14. rajkalyan
    February 20, 2011 at 3:02 am

    If you have Chrome, there are extensions to disable autoplay. I haven't seen ones to remove the ads though.

    • The Old Sarge
      February 20, 2011 at 3:20 am

      lol. While I love Chrome and it is my primary browser, I have my doubts that the Goog would allow it as ads are their bread and butter!

      • Aibek
        February 20, 2011 at 5:31 am

        good point

    • Ann Smarty
      February 20, 2011 at 7:15 am

      This one seems to receive positive feedback: [Broken Link Removed]

    • Blo
      February 26, 2011 at 6:18 am

      AdBlockPlus to disable all ads at the very least. no more ads anywhere including youtube's page and in the videos