Think You’re a YouTube Ninja? You Won’t Know These 8 Tricks

Dan Price 20-12-2016

We all know what YouTube is, right? You log in, watch three hours of cat videos and funny fails, then realize you’ve not even started on that report that’s due first thing in the morning.

I’m not interested in helping you write the report — but I am interested in helping you squeeze even more video content into your three-hour binge. We have helped you improve your YouTube experience 4 Awesome Tricks for Making the Most of YouTube Here are four YouTube tricks that everyone should know for a better overall experience when watching videos. Read More before.

Again, here are eight awesome YouTube tricks to help take your viewing experience to the next level.

1. Move One Frame at a Time

Why should you need to move forward or backward by a single frame at a time?

Well, some content creators have an annoying habit of flashing up messages or images for a split second. Or perhaps you’re trying to grab the perfect screenshot of a video for using elsewhere.

Be honest, how much time have you spent pausing and un-pausing videos, trying to get it to stop at the exact moment you need?

You won’t have to anymore. Pause the video and use the Comma and Period keys to move forward and backward frame-by-frame.

Note: This only works on PC/Mac. If you’re on mobile or streaming to a TV, you’re out of luck.

2. Community Posts

Okay, I lied. YouTube isn’t all about videos. Not anymore.

In September 2016, YouTube launched its new “Community” feature YouTube Builds a Community, Adblock Plus Starts Selling Ads... YouTube starts its own social network, Adblock Plus starts selling acceptable ads, Amazon Prime adds Audible Channels, Google launches a Chromecast Preview Program, and the iPhone 7 commercial from Hell. Read More . It gives content creators an alternative way to interact with their audiences. They can post GIFs, live video, text, images, and more. As a viewer, you can comment on and like/dislike the posts.

Now, YouTube has limited the feature to some of the most influential producers, but it’ll soon roll out to everyone.

If you want to see the feature in action, navigate to a channel and click on the new Community tab. Check out how ASAPScience’s Community page looks in the image below:

youtube community tab

3. Accurate Keyword Searching

With more than a billion videos already uploaded and an estimated 300 hours being added every minute, it’s not always easy to find exactly what you’re looking for.

We’ve all searched for a long time and had to click through countless pages just to find the video we want. It doesn’t have to be that way Become Better At Finding Stuff With Search Engines: Boolean Search Logic Explained It only takes Google's thousands of servers half a second to query approximately 50 billion indexed pages, it takes you significantly longer to scan only the first page of search results. On top of that,... Read More .

Add allintitle: before your search term. YouTube will only show results that include all your keywords. Look at the difference in the number of matches in my two examples.

Without “allintitle:“:

youtube funny music vids

With “allintitle:“:

youtube funny music vids allintitle

4. Other Useful Hotkeys

I love the frame-by-frame hotkeys, but there are a few other useful ones you need to know about:

  • K — Pause
  • J — Rewind 10 seconds
  • L — Fast-forward 10 seconds
  • M — Mute
  • 0 (zero) — Jump to the start of a video
  • 1 to 9 — Jump to 10% to 90% of the video

5. Slow Tutorials Down

Why do some people who make tutorial videos go so fast? Surely, they realize if you’re watching their content it means you’re not an expert in the subject matter and you need a slower pace?

Put the brakes on by slowing down the video’s speed. Click the gear icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the video window and select Speed. You can drop the speed as low as 25%.

This trick is particularly useful for visual tutorials. If you’re watching how to tie a tie or make an origami crane, it’ll let you see all the little nuances in much more detail.

youtube slow down vids

6. YouTube TV

You probably knew you could cast YouTube to your smart TV or media streaming stick 7 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Digital Media Player If you're thinking about buying your first digital media player (also known as streaming device), these questions will help you to avoid making any grave mistakes. Read More , but did you know you can get the same experience on your computer screen?

It’s easy to navigate and looks more professional. If you want to run YouTube in a public setting, perhaps for a presentation or in a bar/restaurant, it’s much better.

To use it, just go to and follow the on-screen sign-in instructions.

youtube tv

7. Personalized Video Feed

For such a popular website, the YouTube homepage is a bit of a mess.

At the top, you’re presented with recommended videos YouTube thinks you want to watch based on your viewing history. They can be hit and miss.

Scroll down and you’ll be shown some of your channels interspersed with other recommended topics and/or channels. The recommendations are frequently lousy, and there doesn’t appear to be any logic to how videos are ordered under channels. It’ll even prompt you re-watch videos you’ve already seen.

youtube homepage mess

The solution is to use the Subscriptions tab Use This Hack to Search YouTube Subscriptions Like a Pro Have you ever wanted to search your YouTube subscriptions for certain videos? YouTube doesn't make it easy -- and that's why you need this neat little search trick. Read More . Click Subscriptions in the left-hand panel and you’ll be taken to a chronological list of all the videos released by all the channels you subscribe to.

8. Never Miss a Video

Even if you’re using the Subscriptions tab, you’re still liable to miss content from your favorite producers. The problem is especially acute if you subscribe to hundreds of channels. You’ll be scrolling down forever just to find something worthwhile.

youtube notification bell

Save yourself the hassle and use video notifications. They’re easy to set up. Navigate to the channel you want notifications for and click on the bell icon next to the Subscribe button in the top right-hand corner. Mark the checkbox and you’re ready to go; the site will alert you every time something new is published.

youtube notification enable

To further customize your notifications, click your avatar, hit the gear icon, and go to the Notification tab. You can choose how you want to receive your alerts (push and/or email), enable desktop notifications via Chrome, and customize your email preferences.

Share Your Favorite YouTube Tricks

The nature of YouTube means there are literally hundreds of nifty tricks and clever features for you to take advantage of.

I’ve shared eight of my personal favorites, but I’d love to hear yours. What shortcut do you keep using? Is there a setting which significantly alters your viewing experience?

As ever, you can leave all your tips and recommendations in the comments section below.

Image Credits: Microgen/Shutterstock

Related topics: Online Video, YouTube.

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  1. LC
    December 20, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Number 1 made my day. Thank you :D :D :D Merry Christmas!