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I like to go to YouTube and open a few(1-10) movies in tabs and after it has loaded I watch it(I have to manually pause every movie after I open it). Is there some way to make YouTube pause it by default?(any YouTube preference or maybe FireFox Plugin?)

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This would also be handy for when doing "open in new tab" on links that don't advertise their destination being youtube (i.e., redirected through a link shortener). Avoiding the unexpected audio followed by the search to find and pause/close the clip would be a Good Thing. –  Dave Sherohman Jan 4 '11 at 10:12
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Given that the solution is a Firefox extension, migrating this to Web Apps seems a bit churlish. –  ChrisF Jan 4 '11 at 10:55
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https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/179387/ this is the most community endorsed addon ive found that does what you want. Apparently it does a lot of other youtubey things too.

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this one also does the job tubestop i love it because it also removes ads –  weberik Nov 2 '11 at 18:05
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And some scripts may help: YouTube Auto Pause On Tab/Window Change > http://wescript.net/scripts/18923

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There's a handy script called YouTube Auto Buffer & Auto HD & Remove Ads for Greasemonkey.

Have a look at my screenshot, usage is self-explaining.

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You can use YouTube Control Center open source add-on to configure autoplay behavior, buffering and much more.

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