If you like to work with a music video playing in the background or watch your favorite sports team while perusing social media, or maybe if you simply like doing two things at once, picture-in-picture (PiP) can be really useful. It lets you pin a small window showing a video within a larger window on your computer or TV screen.
The feature has worked automatically for certain video apps on iOS for some time now, but if you’re using a Mac and Apple’s Safari browser, you can easily set up PiP for a YouTube video on macOS as well. These tips are courtesy of a great tweet by Ricky Mondello.
PiP using your keyboard
Right click twice on the YouTube Video. The first click will get you a menu that lets you copy the URL of the video, embed the code, or do other YouTube-related tasks. The second click will get you a more traditional menu. Click on “Enter Picture in Picture.” Your video will shrink down to a much smaller size. Open a new tab on your browser (or several, if you want) and go to another site — or you can leave the browser entirely. The video will keep playing. To control the video, hover your cursor over the video. You can pause and restart it, take it out of PiP mode, or close the window entirely. To move the small video window around, you can press down with one finger on your touchpad and use the other finger to move the window around your screen. If you’re using a mouse, then use the Command key.
There are a couple of other ways you can start PiP.
While your video is playing, right click on the volume icon in the tab; the menu will include the “Enter Picture in Picture” command. (Note: You won’t see the volume icon if you pause the video.) If you have a Touch Bar, use the PiP icon (it looks like a small filled-in rectangle over a larger clear rectangle).
That’s it! Enjoy your video.
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