Picture-in-Picture (PiP) is a great convenience when you wish to stream a video and at the same time claim your screen real estate and put it to use for some other task. Basically, PiP enables you to stream a video in a small overlay window that sits on top of your active window, allowing you to watch the video while you simultaneously work on any other app on your computer.
The process hardly takes any time, is quick, and extremely simple. In fact, you will only need to perform it once to get the hang of it. However, before enabling, let’s learn what exactly is PiP.
What is YouTube PiP (Picture-in-Picture)?
Picture-in-Picture (PiP), as the name suggests, enables you to stream a video (from YouTube in this case) in a small overlay window, freeing up your whole screen so you can perform other tasks and open other apps parallelly without interrupting the video.
The overlay window is also movable to allow you to set its location as per your preference and requirement. Moreover, you can also adjust the size of the PiP window, play/pause the video, close, or even head back to the maximized mode in a browser tab right from the PiP window. Talk about ease of convenience!
Well, now that you have enough acquaintance with the feature and since the process varies a tad bit from browser to browser let’s now learn how to watch a YouTube video in PiP mode in all major Windows-supported browsers.
Playing a YouTube Video in PiP on Chrome and Microsoft Edge
Playing a YouTube video in PiP mode on Chrome and Microsoft Edge is exactly similar. Moreover, the best part is it literally takes two clicks and you are done. No-fuss, no muss.
First, launch Chrome or Microsoft Edge either from the Desktop, Taskbar or from the Start Menu of your Windows PC.
Then, head to youtube.com and play your desired video either from the home page, history, or watch later sections.
Now, right-click on the video player to open the context menu. Once visible, dismiss the menu by either pressing the Esc key or by left-clicking on the mouse.
Then, again right-click on the video player to bring up the context menu. This time, the context menu will have a different set of options. Locate the ‘Picture in Picture’ option and click on it to play the video in PiP immediately.
Once in PiP mode, you can adjust the size of the overlay window, by hovering your mouse pointer on the window edge and then click-hold and drag the pointer to increase or decrease the size. Release the mouse button once you have reached the desired size of the PiP window.
After that, to move the window, click-hold on the window and drag the mouse pointer across the screen. Once you are at your desired position on the screen, release the mouse button to drop the window.
If you wish to pause the video, hover over the PiP window and click on the ‘Pause’ button. To close the window, click on the ‘X’ button. In case you wish to close the PiP mode, click on the ‘Back to tab’ button.
Watching a YouTube Video in PiP on Firefox
Firefox is a bit different from Chrome when it comes to watching a video in PiP. However, by no means does it translate to being difficult, in fact, it is much easier than Chrome. What is easier than two clicks you say? Well, the answer is, a single click.
First, launch the Firefox browser either from the Desktop, Taskbar or from the Start Menu on your Windows device.
Next, head to youtube.com and play your desired video either from the home page, history, or save later section.
Once the video has started playing, hover over the player and click on the PiP icon to switch to the PiP window immediately.
Now, to maximize back the PiP window to tab, click again on the PiP icon. To pause the video, hover over the PiP window and click on the ‘Pause’ icon. Similarly, to close the PiP window click on the ‘X’ button displayed in the top right corner of the window.
There you go people, you can now multitask with a YouTube video playing in PiP mode and watch your favorite videos without compromising on your productivity.