How to Watch YouTube Videos

Last updated: August 25, 2015 - 1:42am EDT

Watching videos on YouTube is easy as can be, and you don't even need to create an account to do it!  This tutorial will give you a basic overview of how to select a video on YouTube to watch, and how to control the YouTube video player.

How to watch a video on YouTube

  1. Go to in your web browser.

  2. Click on the title of a video that you wish to play, or click the video itself.  If you can't find one that you want to watch right away, consider searching for one.

  3. Now we'll look at some of the YouTube player's main functions.  Click the yellow buttons in the screenshot below for more information about each feature.



    Click here to start or stop the video.  Usually, a YouTube video will begin playing automatically when you go to its page.



    Click this button to go to another video that YouTube suggests as being similar to the one you're watching now.  (See step 5 on "Autoplay" below.)


    Volume Control

    Move your mouse cursor over this icon to make a volume slider appear, and then click at various points on the slider to adjust the volume accordingly (further to the left is quieter; further to the right is louder).  Or, click the speaker icon to mute or unmute the video.


    Closed Captioning

    Some videos will have subtitling or closed captioning options, which you can click here to enable or disable.  You may also be able to change the language that they appear in by clicking the Settings icon.



    Click this button for additional options, such as turning annotations (in-video pop-up comments added by the person who posted the video) on or off, changing the language of captions or subtitles, or changing the quality of the video (which may help it play better if your computer is slower).


    Theatre Mode

    Click this button to enlarge the video to a widescreen format, or click it again to return the video to normal.


    Full Screen

    Click this button to make the video take up your entire computer screen.  Click it again to return the video to its normal size.

  4. If you want to watch a different video that's related to the one you're currently watching, click on its picture or name in the menu to the right of the current video.

  5. One last thing we'll mention is a feature called "Autoplay", which will automatically play a video that is similar to the one you are currently watching when it finishes.  Said video will appear at the top of the right-hand menu, under "Up Next".

    Click the switch here to turn Autoplay off or on.  You can also enable or disable Autoplay with the Settings button on the YouTube player (see step 2 above).

Those are the basics of watching a video on YouTube!  See?  We told you it was simple!


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