December 2, 2021
Google Improves the YouTube Desktop Mini Player by Adding Playback Controls

YouTube Adds Playback Controls to its Desktop Mini Player and Simplifies Playlist Sharing

Google recently integrated video queuing into its YouTube web platform and now, it’s tweaked the mini player, adding playback controls…

YouTube has improved its mini player interface for desktop by adding playback controls. Although the mini player has been around for some time now, it’s lacked simple playback functions.

Google Improves the YouTube Desktop Mini Player by Adding Playback Controls

Google just improved its mini player for desktop but it’s also possible to quickly share playlists, regardless of who created them.

Now, there are playback controls on the YouTube desktop mini player, appearing when hovering over the small interface. It contains a quick maximization shortcut in the upper left corner, with a close shortcut on the opposite side. Three other shortcuts reside right in the middle of the mini player, skip back, pause/play, and skip forward.

Additionally, there are keyboard shortcuts “K” for play, “J” to rewind 10 seconds, and “L” to leap forward 10 seconds.

As for the new video queuing feature, which the company added last month, it’s accessible on desktop in the three-dot vertical menu just under videos. Simply click on “Add to queue” to create a playlist.

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