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Is there a setting or YouTube option, or maybe even a browser plugin, that allows you to disable video annotations for good?

I want to be able to switch them off permanently.

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Just to add, the selected answer below does work but only temporarily. It's possibly a bug with YouTube (which I have reported) but it has been an issue for a while so I don't know when/if it will be fixed. –  DisgruntledGoat Nov 7 '11 at 20:52

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The option is found in the Account Playback settings:

  1. Click your profile picture and then YouTube settings
  2. Click Playback
  3. De-select Show annotations on videos
  4. Click Save
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You could have suggested an edit to the accepted answer. Though this works. –  ChrisF Dec 18 '12 at 19:54
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Here's the link: youtube.com/account_playback –  Tim Büthe Oct 21 '13 at 21:01
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Despite having this box unchecked, YouTube still seems to happily show all the annotations by default. I've had them disabled for years, and some YouTube update in the past year seems to have caused it to be ignored. –  Jason C May 25 at 7:15
    
Doesn't work... –  Love Learning May 25 at 21:41

If you're like me and you don't want to help Google collect even more personal information about you by creating an account, you can still disable these annotations using an ad blocking extension - Adblock Plus - and the following rule :

||youtube.com/annotations_
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