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YouTube started rolling out chats next to videos:

"Top chat replay" box showing chat messages from various users

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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You can with Ad Block Plus.

Add a filter

youtube.com###chat

That will block the DIV that supports the chat.

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  • As of April 2024, in addition to ###chat, it apparently also needs to block youtube.com###panels-full-bleed-container. Commented Apr 3 at 20:21
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Click "Hide Chat" (Live) or "Hide Chat Replay" (Live Replay) at the bottom of the chat window:

As of 2020-12-16 there is no way to do this via the Youtube settings. Unfortunately just in the interface.

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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.

Updated 2023: This http://youtube.com/tv no longer works on desktop browser, just redirects to normal youtube. Per @andrew-t , thank you.

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.

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You can use Improve YouTube! — an open-source browser extension that can tweak YouTube in various ways: such as hiding or collapsing various UI elements, like the “live chat” part of the UI (Chrome version / Firefox version).

After installing Improve YouTube!, hide or collapse the "live chat" in the right sidebar by clicking the extension's button → Appearance → Sidebar → Live chat → "Hidden" or "Collapsed." Settings screenshot:

screenshot of settings described above

Note: I have no affiliation with the "Improve YouTube!" browser extension in any way whatsoever. I'm just a regular user who wanted to share a solution to the OP's question about "hiding the YouTube chat window." I found this extension to be a relevant and helpful solution, since I also prefer to watch YouTube videos without the chat window.

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Also... the old trick. Right Click on Chrome > Inspect ... select the code and delete.

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I use the Clik to Remove Element extension on the Chrome browser. It works for me.

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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? Commented Mar 21, 2019 at 8:43