Tech Tips: YouTube, Distraction-free

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:

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For distraction-free viewing, replace watch?v=

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with embed/ so that the URL looks like this:

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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:

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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!

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With the days of international travel behind him, J. M. Varner now exercises his language skills in his English classroom and on the page. A second life as an author affords him another way to encourage his students and fans to read, write, and think independently. Borrowing terms from noted media critic Neil Postman, Mr. Varner summarizes his 'Philosophy of Fiction': "Writing a novel is a creative process of World Building and Word Weaving. Authors build worlds in our minds; these can be fantastical worlds or fictionalized variations of our own reality. By writing and rewriting, we weave these worlds into words on the page." Mr. Varner is currently writing the next novel in the "Squirrel Hill High" series, a series launched with the debut novel, "Digital Me". Set in a fictional high school located in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at Squirrel Hill High students and teachers live through true-to-life drama in the emotionally charged environment of the American high school.
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