Have you ever wanted to play YouTube videos without all of the clutter that appears around and beneath the video on a standard YouTube video playback page? Well, YouTube actually makes it possible to do this with only a little tweaking of the video URL.
Normally, when you play a YouTube video, the URL will look something like this:
For distraction-free viewing, replace watch?v=
with embed/ so that the URL looks like this:
The video only will now open and fill the entire browser tab! 🙂
Now, to take things one step further, how about turning off those often inappropriate ‘Related Videos’ that display when a video finishes playing? Simply add ?rel=0 to the end of the URL, so that it looks like this:
Now, when the video finishes playing, those distracting ‘Related Videos’ will no longer appear!
P.S. If editing URLs seems a little technical and makes you squeamish, don’t worry — you can’t break anything! The worst that can happen is that you’ll mistype something and YouTube will give you an error page. No worries — just try again!