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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Watch Videos in Picture-in-Picture in Microsoft Edge


Microsoft Edge User Watching Video in Picture in Picture

Use Microsoft Edge’s Built-In PiP Mode

Before you begin, make sure that you are running the latest version of Microsoft Edge on your Windows 11, 10, or Mac computer or download it directly from Microsoft’s website.

Start by opening a website that contains a video that you want to play. This can be almost any video site, like YouTube or Vimeo. Unfortunately, the PiP feature is blocked on sites like Netflix and Hulu. Then click the video’s play button to begin playback.

In the video player, right-click once to see options related to the video.

Right-click in video window

Move your cursor a bit and right-click the video again to see more options. For us, right-clicking again in the same spot did not reveal the Picture-in-Picture option.

Right-click again from video window

Here, you’ll find a “Picture in Picture” option. If one isn’t available, the PiP feature isn’t available on that website. Simply select the option to start the video playback in a floating picture-in-picture window.

Click Picture in Picture button

The window can be moved wherever you want, and it can be resized like a regular window. You can even move it off the screen. Click the pause button to control playback.

Picture-in-Picture Floating Window

Once you’re done, click the “X” button to stop playback and close the window. Clicking the Picture-in-Picture button will put the video back to its original tab (and will continue playback).

Controls for Picture-in-Picture Mode

Use a PiP Extension (Add-On) in Microsoft Edge

The traditional method for using the Picture-in-Picture mode is both hidden and convoluted. If you want to find a faster way that works on more websites, use the “Picture-in-Picture Everywhere” extension (add-on) for Microsoft Edge.

Once it’s installed, all you have to do is go to a page with the video and click the extension from the toolbar to enter Picture-in-Picture mode.

To get started, open the Picture-in-Picture Everywhere add-on page. Here, click the “Get” button.

Click the "Get" button to install the Microsoft Edge add-on

From the pop-up, choose the “Add Extension” option to install the extension.

Click the "Add Extension" button

You’ll now find the Picture-in-Picture icon in the extension bar.

Next, simply open the webpage that contains the video that you want to watch. The extension supports popular websites like YouTube, Netflix, Vimeo, and Twitch, but it’s not available everywhere, including Hulu. Then, click the Picture-in-Picture extension icon from the toolbar.

Click Picture in Picture Extension

The video will pop out instantly in the floating window. Click the extension icon again to close the floating player.

Exit Picture-in-Picture Mode from Extension

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