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Become a YouTube Master With These 12 Tips

YouTube is one of the busiest sites on the internet, with over 4 billion video views taking place each day - I don't know about you, but that statistic is mind-blowing to me! After reading this helpful guide, I feel like I'm a YouTube master and can watch the videos I love with ease: 

 

1. Change Video Quality 

Why you need to know about it 

Increase the quality of the video you're watching, or decrease the quality if your internet connection happens to be slow. 

How to use it

1. Click on the cogwheel (Settings) icon.

2. Click Quality in the popup menu.

3. Select the highest-available number (eg. 720p) to watch your chosen clip in the best possible quality (use a lesser quality if the video doesn’t load fast enough).

 

2. Save An Audio File

Why you need to know about it 

You can save your favorite music on YouTube and listen to it elsewhere/when you don't have internet connection.

How to use it 

1. Right-click and copy the address of the video you’d like to extract the audio from.

2. Type www.youtube-mp3.org in your browser’s address bar.

3. Highlight the entire existing link in the YouTube to MP3 search bar, then paste the address of the video that you copied in step 1.

4. Click on the Convert Video button.

5. Click on the Download link.

6. Wait for your audio to download!

 

3. Save a video file

Why you need to know about it 

You can watch your saved YouTube videos offline, and you can also transfer them to another computer via a USB pen or similar should you want or need to. 

How to use it 

1. Right-click and copy the address of the video you’d like to save to your hard disk.

2. Type www.youtubeinmp4 .com in your browser’s address bar.

3. A white address bar will appear on screen. Right-click and paste the address of the video you that you copied in step 1.

4. Click on Download MP4 beneath the white address bar where you pasted your video’s address.

5. Click on the next Download MP4 that appears in order for the download to begin.

6. Wait for your video to download!

 

4. Turn Autoplay On or Off

Why you need to know about it 

When AutoPlay is turned on, YouTube will automatically start playing a video clip that it picks for you once the one you're currently viewing is over. If you're open to suggestion or are unsure what to watch next, then by all means turn it on, however if you just want to browse through the clips in the order you wish to, it's handy to know how to turn it off. 

How to use it 

1. Notice a small slider bar at the top-right-hand corner of the screen.

2. Simply click to toggle on or off.

 

5. Go back to the homepage

Why you need to know about it 

It's just a quicker and easier of getting back to the YouTube homepage than typing in the address in the address bar. 

How to use it 

Left-click on this button to go back to YouTube’s main page.

 

6. Access the drop-down menu

Why you need to know about it 

The drop-down menu allows you to access the hottest content on YouTube quickly and easily. Find out what is trending ("hot right now") in various categories. 

How to use it

1. Left click on the Menu icon in the top-right-hand corner of your screen.

2. A drop-down menu will appear, which will allow you to do the following: Return to YouTube’s homepage, view trending (popular at present) videos, view the best YouTube video by category (eg. Sports and music).

 

7. Share a video to social media

Why you need to know about it 

If you have a social media account, such as a Facebook or Twitter, you can share any funny, interesting or informative content you've come across on YouTube with all your social media connections in just a couple of clicks. 

How to use it 

1. Click the Share button that appears below the video you’re watching.

2. Left-click on the social media network you want to share the video to.

3. A popup window will appear. Log in to your social media account that you want to share the video to.

4. Share your video!

8. Sign in with your Gmail account

Why you need to know about it 

If you have a Gmail account, you should sign in to YouTube using it seeing as it also doubles as your YouTube account. It will allow you to subscribe to your favorite channels, write comments, like and dislike videos, as well as access age-restricted content. 

How to use it

1. Click on the blue 'Sign In button' at the top-right-hand corner of your screen.

2. Type in your Gmail address and your password. Left-click on the blue Sign in button.

3. You will be returned to the video you were watching prior to signing in.

 

9. Like or Dislike a video

Why you need to know about it

It's a very simple, direct way of letting the YouTube community know how you feel about a given video.  

How to use it

Let the rest of YouTube know whether you like or dislike a video by left-clicking on either the thumbs up or thumbs down icon.

 

10. Add a comment

Why you need to know about it

Commenting gives you the ability to elaborate on your sentiments about a given video and share your views with the rest of the YouTube community. 

How to use it 

To add a comment on the video you’re watching, simply scroll down to the text bar that says: “Add a public comment...”. Type your comment and left-click on Post when you're done.

 

11. Skip to the next video

Why you need to know about it

This function allows you to skip through videos that you don't wish to see quickly and easily. 

How to use it 

Left-click on the fast-forward icon to skip to the next video that YouTube has automatically selected for you.

 

12. Switch to Theater Mode or Full Screen

Why you need to know about it

These functions allow you to enlarge the picture of the video that you're watching. 

How to use it 

1. Enlarge the video’s picture on your screen by selecting either the Theater or the Full Screen display modes.

2. Theater mode will display a larger video picture without going to full screen, whereas full screen mode allows the video picture to be expanded to the size of your entire screen.

 

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