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I find myself wasting far too much time watching Youtube videos. I start by watching a legitimate video, and then click on one of the suggested videos, and keep on going for hours.

Is there a way to block the suggested videos in Firefox or Chrome or Opera?

Specifically, I want to block:

  • The videos thumbnails displayed in the side bar on the right
  • The videos thumbnails shown at the end of playing a video
  • Optionally, links to other Youtube videos in the video itself, that the author has inserted.

I would prefer not to block ads, although this is not a requirement.

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This can be achieved by using Adblock Plus on Firefox or Chrome. First install Adblock Plus. Then go into Adblock Plus' options (Filter preferences on Firefox) and create a custom filter. Then copy this into the filter list:

/yts/swfbin/player-*/endscreen.swf
youtube.com##div.videowall-endscreen
youtube.com##div.watch-sidebar
youtube.com##watch-related

This will block the video thumbnails shown in the sidebar and at the end of the video. It should work for both the html5 and flash youtube players in Firefox. In Chrome to get this to work properly I needed to enable the html5 youtube player. Visit https://www.youtube.com/html5 to opt into using the html5 player.

To block the links inside videos (annotations) go to your youtube settings page. Then go to the playback tab and disable the check box that says "Show annotations on videos".

If you don't want to block ads, just disable all the ad lists in Adblock Plus.

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Even the ones at the end of the video!! Awesome! –  Bloke Jun 27 at 17:03

Toggle Youtube Comments, a Chrome extension, hides Youtube comments, and the sidebar on the right. However, it doesn't hide suggested videos displayed at the end of the video.

YouTube Options for Google Chrome™, another Chrome extension. You can toggle many settings like suggested videos and auto-width.

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Try StayFocused add-on for chrome. It can be found here: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/stayfocusd/laankejkbhbdhmipfmgcngdelahlfoji/related What this add-on does is limits the amount of time you can spend on a website in it's list. As a default, sites like youtube.com are "blocked", so that you can only spend a maximum time on them. You CAN increase this time if you want, however, there are mechanisms in the add-on such as positive reinforcement to help you stop procrastinating.

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