Play YouTube shorts like normal YouTube videos
YouTube Shorts offers short videos on YouTube. The integrated service resembles what other short video services, such as TikTok, bring to the table: time-limited videos in portrait mode.
Google came late to the party, as it launched YouTube Shorts globally in mid-2021. YouTube Shorts can be accessed through the YouTube main menu on desktop and mobile platforms. While the vertical video format might make sense on mobile devices, Google decided to use the same format on the desktop.
The mobile format offers limited controls when it comes to playing videos on the YouTube website. It has pause and mute buttons, options to share, like or dislike, and to read and write comments, but that’s about it.
Compared to the standard desktop player on YouTube, the Shorts video player lacks options to change video quality, video format, or playback speed. There is no option to play videos in full screen mode or to change the sound volume, other than to mute the sound completely.
Youtube-shorts block is a browser extension for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome that changes that. The extension is compatible with other browsers based on Firefox and Chromium.
The extension works directly after installation. Clicking its icon displays a toggle to disable redirecting to YouTube’s main video player. Additional options, to hide the Shorts tab and Videos, appear when you click on the three dots in the extension’s interface.
The only downside of using the extension is that you can no longer browse the Shorts section on YouTube. When you click on Shorts, the first video is automatically loaded by the extension.
The extension is designed for YouTube users who watch Shorts, but want more control over playback. Users who never watch Shorts may have little use for the extension other than to hide Shorts links on YouTube.
Overall, the Youtube-shorts block is a useful extension for desktop users who watch Shorts on YouTube and prefer more control.
Now you: what is your opinion on TikTok-style shorts and videos in general?