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  • 5 Cool Hidden YouTube Features You Must Try Out
  • YouTube is one of the most visited sites as it harbors the largest media content used by the masses and no doubt there are many YouTube features in plenty. You use it to watch music videos, learn new DIY skills and subscribe to your favorite influencers and shows. Most of us just search and press Play on a video whenever we use the app, we believe you’re not doing enough. There are many tricks and tips out there for YouTube users.
    YouTube is the world’s biggest online video site, with more than 2 billion logged-in visitors a month, and it didn’t not get there by sitting on its laurels. There’s a world of deeper YouTube features to uncover.
    Check out these 5 helpful tips to see which ones you’ll use every day.
    1Playing back a video to start at a specific time
    Supposing you’re watching a 40-minute-long video and discover a hilarious part, and you want to send to your friends this video but want then to start watching from that specific part say at 21 minutes and 3 seconds into the video.But, did you know you can just send them the link from that time point? 
    All you have to do is add &t=21m30s to the end of the URL (change the numbers to the time stamp you want to share) and your friends can start watching from the right spot.
    You can also pause what you’re watching and hit Share (located below the video) > Start at and copy the link to send to your friends and family.
    2Keyboard shortcuts to move forward and backward
    You can Skip ahead in a video by using the arrow and letter keys on your keyboard — on any device. You can go forward or backward in a video on your desktop (you can also use J and L keys to rewind or fast-forward 10 seconds). Or if you’re using your phone, double-tap the screen to move forward or backward. Swipe left or right on your phone to move on to the next video.
    To see the full list of keyboard shortcuts on your desktop, click on the three stacked dots in the top right corner and select Keyboard shortcuts.
    3GIF YouTube Features: Make a GIF from a video
    It’s easy to make a brilliant GIF that could sweep the internet. 
    1. Simply type “GIF” before “YouTube” in the URL of the video you’re watching. Say, this video of Digital Trends in Uganda MobileTV, StartUps and social media, which has the URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8cM-BzwYTU. Add GIF to the URL like this –https://www.GIFyoutube.com/watch?v=n8cM-BzwYTU — and It’ll change to this format: https://gifs.com/watch?v=n8cM-BzwYTU
    2. This redirects you to www.gifs.com, where you can select the start and end times of the clip from your chosen video that you want to turn into a GIF. 
    3. Cick the green check mark located on the lefthand side of the screen to watch it play. 
    4. You can choose various editing options, like cropping, flipping and adding stickers.  
    5. Select Create GIF, then choose who can see it and add a title and tags.
    6. Click Next and copy the link to the GIF to share on social media. You can also download the GIF.
    4Use a dark mode
    With the latest craze for dark mode everywhere, YouTube has its own version of dark mode, I would call it dark-grey mode. This one of the most used YouTube features. At night time, a bright white screen can be tough on your eyes. Fortunately, YouTube offers Dark Theme to make the light on your screen less harsh.
    To activate dark mode, go to your settings and slide the toggle switch over. On your computer, click on the three stacked dots in the top right corner, select Dark themeand click on the toggle switch.
    5How to Turn on captions
    If you’re in quiet place like a library or at work and you don’t have headphones, or if you’re having trouble understanding what people are saying, you can turn on the captions in a video. All you have to do is click the CC icon.
    Also, if the speaker is using a different language you aren’t familiar with, you can use the built-in Google Translate. Tap the settings icon that looks like a gear, select Subtitles > Auto-translate and choose your preferred language. 

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