How to use YouTube like a pro

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I'm using YouTube more and more these days instead of using a regular Google search to find the answers I'm looking for.

From useful keyboard shortcuts to adding captions so I can watch a video without disturbing people around me, there are a bunch of good ways to make YouTube easier and better to use.

Check out the 16 best YouTube tips I've discovered that I'll be using on a regular basis:

Use the new redesigned YouTube before Google rolls it out.

Use the new redesigned YouTube before Google rolls it out.
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You can check out YouTube's design refresh before Google officially rolls it out by typing youtube.com/new into your browser's search bar

In the new version of YouTube, you can turn on Dark Mode. It's easier on the eyes if you're watching YouTube in a dark room, and it looks sleek, too.

In the new version of YouTube, you can turn on Dark Mode. It's easier on the eyes if you're watching YouTube in a dark room, and it looks sleek, too.
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After you've selected the new version of YouTube, click on your profile on the top right > click on Dark Theme > enable Dark Theme.

When you're watching YouTube videos from a computer, press "J" to rewind 10 seconds

Press "L" to fast-forward 10 seconds.

Press "K" to pause the video.

On the YouTube mobile app, you can double tap the left or right of the video to rewind or fast forward in 10-second increments.

Keep tapping to fast forward or rewind for additional 10-second increments.

Press "M" to mute or unmute.

Save a video for later when you can't watch it right there and then.

Save a video for later when you can't watch it right there and then.
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Click the "Add To" button on the right of "Share" underneath the video, then click the "Watch Later" box. You can see you your saved videos by clicking the Settings button on the top left of the YouTube screen, and clicking "Watch Later."

Use your keyboard's number keys to quickly jump around a video's timeline.

The number keys from 1 to 9 correspond to your video's timeline progress. So, if you press "2," you'll skip to 20 percent of the video's timeline. Pressing "0" will restart the video.

You can share a video that starts at a specific time stamp.

You can share a video that starts at a specific time stamp.
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Pause the video > right-click on the video itself> and select "Copy video URL at current time".  

Watch 360-degree videos by moving your mobile device around, or clicking and dragging with your mouse on your computer.

You can find a bunch of 360-degree videos by using the "360 degree video" search term in YouTube, or clicking here.

Watch VR videos with a mobile VR headset, like the Galaxy Gear VR or Google Daydream.

Watch VR videos with a mobile VR headset, like the Galaxy Gear VR or Google Daydream.
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Use voice commands to cast YouTube videos from your Google Home to your TV with Google Home.

Use voice commands to cast YouTube videos from your Google Home to your TV with Google Home.
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After awakening your Google Home, ask it to "play cat videos on TV." It'll work if you have a Smart TV with the YouTube app, Google's Chromecast, or any other device that runs the YouTube app. (Pro tip: You don't have to play cat videos. You can ask to play any video you want.) 

Play videos at different speeds.

Play videos at different speeds.
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Watch YouTube videos with captions if you don't want to disturb those around you.

Watch YouTube videos with captions if you don't want to disturb those around you.
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Turning the captions mode on can also translate some videos from different languages. So far, there are one billion videos on YouTube that have automatic captions.

Control YouTube on TV with your mobile device.

You can use your phone, tablet, or computer to control a YouTube video's playback on your TV. Just make sure your phone, tablet, or computer is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Smart TV with the YouTube app, regular TV with a Chromecast, Roku, PlayStation 3 or 4, Xbox 360 or Xbox One, or any other device that runs the YouTube app.

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