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How to Use Picture-in-Picture on a Mac

If you’re a multi-tasker and snapping a YouTube video to one side of the screen doesn’t leave you with enough room to work, you’ll want to try picture-in-picture in macOS. This feature places video in a small box on your screen so that you can still view it while you work on other things.

Here’s how to activate with YouTube and Vimeo:

YouTube

1. Go to YouTube in Safari. As of this writing, the picture-in-picture feature doesn’t work in other browsers.
2. Choose your video.
3. Right click on the video to reveal a black drop down menu.

4. Right click again on the video to reveal a gray drop down menu.

5. Click “Enter Picture-in-Picture.” The video will automatically pop out and you'll be free to do other things.

Vimeo

1. Go to YouTube in Safari. As of this writing, the picture-in-picture feature doesn’t work in other browsers.
2. Choose your video.
3. Click the picture-in-picture icon in the bottom right-hand corner. The icon looks like one display overlaid on top of another.

This will pop the video out to play while you do other work.

Be sure not to close tabs where the video usually plays, or it will close out altogether.

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Andrew joined Laptopmag.com in 2015, reviewing computers and keeping up with the latest news. He holds a M.S. in Journalism (Digital Media) from Columbia University. A lover of all things gaming and tech, his previous work has shown up in Kotaku, PCMag and Complex, among others. Follow him on Twitter @FreedmanAE.