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Enable Android-Style YouTube Multitasking in Chrome

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A new Google Chrome extension brings picture-in-picture playback to YouTube on the web — a feature popularised by the official Android and iOS applications for the streaming site. 

The Seek ‘n Play add-on enables you to watch videos in a small window while browsing YouTube, all in the same tab.

Once enabled, navigating away from a playing video – e.g., by clicking on a channel link or running a search – will  minimise the clip to the bottom right of the screen.

From there, where it appears in a floating box, you have access to the usual player controls – e.g., volume, full-screen toggle and timeline scrubber – plus options to close the floating overlay (click the ‘x’ icon) or return to the main video page (click the dual-arrow icon).

The box only appears when browsing items. It will disappear when clicking on a link that opens a new video page.

‘Multitasking’

This handy multitasking feature allows you to pay attention to one ace video, while hunting out an even more pawsome cat clip to coo over.

Permissions requested for install are limited to the official YouTube domains. This is so the floating popup can work on the site and accurately detect when a new page, search term or video is opened.

Seek ‘n Play is a free extension and is available from the Chrome Web Store.

Install Seek ‘n Play from Chrome Web Store