Please Note: This post is old, written in July 2010. This information may be out of date now.
[Updated] Instructions updated for Chrome and Firefox. Video and links updated.
YouTube has made a change to their website in the last few days that many users consider to be very annoying. The queued videos playlist, which used to be located on the sidebar just above the links for “Related” videos, has been turned into a large toolbar area at the bottom of the web browser. You can see it for yourself either by queuing a video from the “Related” area (click on the large + sign) or by going to your subscriptions page and clicking on a video from there.
This toolbar (quicklist, dashbar, dashboard, whatever-you-want-to-call-it) expands and shoves itself into view if you go near it with the mouse, if you pause, or even if you do nothing at all. Worse, it automatically begins playing whatever video is next in the queue. Even if you turn off the autoplay, it turns itself back on again the very next time you load a video. Worst of all, YouTube has provided no way to make this obnoxious thing go away.
Thankfully, although YouTube neglected to provide an off switch, the internet itself has come to the rescue, at least if you use Firefox or Chrome. A YouTube user posted a video with detailed, easy-to-follow instructions to block YouTube’s annoying grey bar.
How to remove the queue bar (Firefox & Chrome):
- (Firefox only – you can skip this step with Chrome) Install the Greasemonkey add-on. Install and then restart Firefox.
- Firefox users, install this Greasemonkey script.
- Chrome users, install this script.
Done. Doing this will entirely remove the new quicklist toolbar and prevent queued videos from playing automatically. These instructions are demonstrated in the video.
If you liked the queue feature for related videos (when it was still located in the sidebar), you can still use it. Just click the + sign on a related video as you normally would. You can play these queued videos from your user control panel.
This fix will, unfortunately, disrupt your ability to watch a playlist you’ve created. However, you can simply disable Greasemonkey before visiting YouTube and playlists should work as normal (In Firefox anyway. Not sure how to do this in Chrome).
I hope this helps someone out there. If anyone knows how to accomplish the same thing in other browsers (especially Opera), please leave a comment to let me know.
If you wish to leave a comment such as “How dare YouTube change their free service without permission!?”, don’t. Please go back and finish your nap and leave the adults alone.