Tech Tips: YouTube Speed Control

Have you ever wanted to speed up or slow down the playback of YouTube videos?  This is particularly useful when watching videos that feature primarily spoken voice, such as interviews, speeches, podcasts, or audio books (yep; there are TONS of audio books on YouTube!).  If you’re using a modern, up-to-date web browser, it’s easy to do.

First, check the ‘Gear’ menu on any YouTube video to make sure the ‘Speed’ feature is not already available to you:
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If you don’t see the ‘Speed’ menu option in the ‘Gear’ menu, visit and select the option to “Request the HTML5 player”.  You should now have the ‘Speed’ control in the ‘Gear’ menu. 🙂

1.25 is a barely noticeable speed increase.
1.5 feels fast.  Offers a nice speed boost for spoken voice.
2 is hyper-speed mode.  Particularly useful is the speaker speaks very slowly.


About JMVarnerBooks

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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