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These three buttons in the bottom right corner of the YouTube player: the leftmost shifts the player to the left and makes it smaller (default), the middle one shifts the player to the center and makes it bigger, the rightmost goes fullscreen.

Starting from yesterday, 2012-09-06, it would appear the YouTube player won't go to the middle size when viewed with IE (at least, IE8). What happens is that the player shifts to the center, but doesn't grow, remains as small as in the "left" mode.

I have tried different computers, including the office ones, same behavior.

When viewed with Firefox, it grows just fine.

Is there a trick or a setting to make it work as usual in IE?

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First of all, you should not expect things to work fine when using IE as IE still not supports all standards. However, I've had the same issue in Chrome (Mac) for a while. Since a few weeks it began working again. I have no clue what made it work again, though. –  Steven Roose Sep 7 '12 at 12:26
I'm not seeing the issue in Chrome mac and I cleared my flash and browser cache after reading this question to see if the changes hadn't filtered down yet. –  Dez Sep 7 '12 at 18:26

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Solution 1

You may want to try clearing your cache by doing the following

  1. Once your browser is open, click the Tools menu. Or, optionally you may simply press Ctrl+Shift+Delete to open the Delete Browsing History window (and skip step 2)
  2. Click on Delete Browsing History...
  3. Select Temporary Internet Files.
  4. Click the Delete button near the bottom of the window to delete your temporary files (i.e. clear your cache).
  5. If you want the browser to automatically clear the cache whenever you close it, click the Advanced tab. Click to check the box next to the Empty Temporary Internet Files folder when browser is closed option (in the section labeled Security). Click OK. This will delete everything except cookies. Note: IE8 has a "feature" which retains some cookies even after you clear your cache if you do not UNCHECK the "Preserve Favorites Website Data." If you truly need to clear your cache, you will want to uncheck this!

(ref: How to Clear Browser Cache)

If this does not work give another browser a try and see if that works.

Solution 2

You can try to do some of the fixes listed on Microsoft Supports page relating to Video Issues.

Solution 3

According to the YouTube HTML5 page Internet Explorer has the following capability: Microsoft Internet Explorer 6, 7, or 8 with Google Chrome Frame installed (Get Google Chrome Frame). One of the issues notes states: Fullscreen support is partially implemented. Pressing the fullscreen button will expand the player to fill your browser. If your browser supports a fullscreen option, you can then use that to truly fill the screen. Upon visiting the HTML5 page check at the button of the page and see if it says you're using html5. If you are using html5 on youtube, turn it off and see if this fixes the issue!

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Well, I tried various computers, including ones from which youtube has never been visited before. It would appear the issue exclusively applies to IE8, other browsers including IE9 work fine. Youtube has announced ceasing support for IE7, but not IE8. –  GSerg Sep 8 '12 at 7:37
@GSerg I have added two more solutions. I'd try Solution 3 before 2. –  Fogest Sep 8 '12 at 12:19
I'm not using Google Chrome Frame, not using html 5 as IE8 does not support it, do not have any problems with going to fullscreen. The tips from Microsoft relate to video playback in general, which works okay. –  GSerg Sep 9 '12 at 11:28

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