How to use the Touch Bar with YouTube in Safari on MacBook Pro

The Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro is essentially a tool shortcut for built-in programs, as well as third-party apps on the MacBook Pro. It's not for everyone. But for those of us that have one, we've found ways to make use of the tool extension. YouTube is a perfect example of how developers can add useful tools to the Touch Bar so we can make use of them without having to dig through buried settings. Here's how the Touch Bar works with YouTube while you're using the Safari Browser.

How to scrub past ads on YouTube in Safari using the Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro

One of the best tools available on the Touch Bar when playing videos on YouTube in Safari is the scrubber bar. With it, you can fast forward to your favorite moment in a video, rewind to rewatch that moment over and over, and the best part: scrub past those ads.

While a video is playing, drag the scrubber bar to the left or right on the Touch Bar until you get to the spot in the video you want to watch.

If you're skipping an ad, drag the scrubber bar all the way to the end. Ad skipped!

Note: If you try to skip an ad before it's allowed (you know, when it says you have to wait five seconds before you can skip), the video will freeze up, so be sure to wait until the appropriate time to skip ahead. If it does freeze, tap the Pause button and it should refresh.

How to pause and play videos on YouTube in Safari using the Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro

In addition to scrubbing through a video, you can pause and play the video after it's started.

Tap the Pause button on the Touch Bar to pause the video or Play to continue playing.

How to exit full-screen mode on YouTube in Safari using the Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro

You currently can't enter full-screen mode from the Touch Bar while watching videos on YouTube in Safari, but you can exit full-screen mode once you're in it.

While the video is playing in full-screen mode, tap the reduce button at the far left of the Touch Bar. It looks like two arrows pointing at each other.

How to use picture-in-picture on YouTube in Safari using the Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro [macOS High Sierra]

In macOS High Sierra, you can also take advantage of shortcut tools for picture-in-picture (PiP), which is my favorite way to watch videos on YouTube. I can keep working while watching my favorite kitty videos.

If you're running macOS High Sierra, while the video is playing on YouTube in Safari, tap the PiP icon to the right of the scrubber bar. It looks like two rectangles with an arrow pointing from one to the other.

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How to customize your Touch Bar to use YouTube short cuts on the MacBook Pro

If you don't see the playback tools on your Touch Bar while watching videos on YouTube in Safari, it's probably because you've customized your Touch Bar with a different set of tools. You'll want to revert to the default tools in order to see the playback YouTube tools.

  1. Launch Safari on your Mac.
  2. Click on View in the app menu section of the Menu bar.
  3. Click on Customize Touch Bar.Your screen will blur and the customization panel will appear. The buttons on the Touch Bar will also enter jiggly mode.

  1. Drag the Default Set tool from the screen and into the Touch Bar.Even though the Touch Bar is not attached to the screen, it will appear as though you have crossed a barrier with the tool. Drop it into the Touch Bar.
  2. Click on Done when you're finished.

Drag the Default Set into the Touch Bar, then click Done

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Lory Gil

Lory is a renaissance woman, writing news, reviews, and how-to guides for iMore. She also fancies herself a bit of a rock star in her town and spends too much time reading comic books.  If she's not typing away at her keyboard, you can probably find her at Disneyland or watching Star Wars (or both).