5 Chrome extensions for YouTube addicts

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It’s easy to get caught up in a personally curated YouTube video marathon. From a “G.I. Joe” PSA to sad cat diaries, there’s no shortage of funny things to watch. Here’s a collection of Chrome extensions that can do things like automatically crank up the quality of YouTube videos, or even pause them when you switch tabs.

AutoHD for YouTube YouTube has a setting that will choose the best quality for your connection and player size. The HD option can be forced to turn on for full screen, but doesn’t apply to all regular-size videos. So instead of having to click the icon each time you open a video, try this extension that will shows videos only in 720p or 1080p, when available.

Turn Off the Lights When watching YouTube videos in anything but full screen, it can be hard to focus on actual video because of the related videos and ads that plague YouTube pages. This extension will dim out all the other junk and nicely frame the video you’re watching, keeping your eyes from being so easily distracted.

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