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YouTube started rolling out chats next to videos:

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This is often/always(?) open when I start playing a video.
It happens with live replays, recorded replays, and prerecorded videos (it is unclear to me when a video can have a chat).

Is there a setting to disable the chat, or have it start closed by default?

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An interesting workaround that may work for some people is browsing the http://youtube.com/tv version of the site made for TVs. It is a simpler version of the site that strips many features, including chat for now.

But for normal youtube.com, there is currently no builtin or easy way to make the YouTube chat disable / hide / start hidden.

The "Disable Live chat" quote from YouTube Help in the previous answer is not relevant here, because it is help for people who upload the streams/videos, not for the people who play videos.

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    @JanDoggen I tried the youtube.com/tv option, for me it worked technically but overall I did not like the TV site. For using the normal site I did have some success with the ABP filter plugin, advanced filter list edit to add: ||youtube.com/live_chat ||youtube.com/live_chat_replay – leorleor Mar 6 at 20:21
  • Why not include that into your answer (or make it a second answer because it is a different method)? – Jan Doggen Mar 6 at 22:50
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    Slightly modified @leorleor's filter for Adblock Plus with a wildcard and it worked: youtube.com/live_chat_replay* – arbitrarystringofletters Mar 31 at 20:12
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Adding ABP filter "youtube.com###chat" seems to also block the entire chat pane, together with the "hide chat" button and blank space left when only using the aforementioned "youtube.com/live_chat*" filters.

If all this is unworking for you, the "block element" option in ABP allows you to click on whatever is left from the chat pane and blocks it.

  • They seem to have moved around the div ids some time after that first worked; now the filter is "youtube.com###watch-sidebar-live-chat". – Lepidolite Mica May 25 at 17:24
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From YouTube Help:

Disable Live chat

You can disable Live chat at any time, even after the event has started.

  • Stream Now: Select the gear icon and uncheck the Enable live chat box.
  • Events: Go ;to Edit > Basic Info > Advanced Settings. Under "Chat," uncheck the Enable live chat box.
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    Aren't those options for live stream hosted by oneself instead of those watched? – Tobias Kienzler Mar 21 at 8:43

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