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I absolutely hate it when I watch a video on YouTube and it automatically loads another video page after it's done playing. This is especially annoying when I'm in the middle of typing a comment, as it will cause me to lose what I have typed.

I'd like the video to simply stop and for no further action to take place once it is finished playing. Is there any way to accomplish this?

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One way is to remove the portion of the URL from the &list= part to the end, however, that takes you out of the playlist mode so you can't see the videos in sequence in the playlist box.

The only reliable way I've found to prevent playlist autoplay without leaving the playlist mode is to use the No Playlist Autoplay For YouTube Chrome extension. It only works in Chrome and it's annoying that you have to use an extension for this but it works.

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I figured it out. There are two icons/buttons above the playlist videos to the right of the currently playing video. They look like they are for "Repeat" and "Shuffle" but the one that looks like "Repeat" is actually "Autoplay" and disabling that seems to do the trick... for now.

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I found this Firefox browser extension, with permission only for youtube.com https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/no-playlist-autoplay-for-yt

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There's a handy open-source browser extension called "Improve YouTube!" that can tweak YouTube in various ways, including preventing YouTube from automatically loading the next video after the current one finishes playing. It's available for the Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Safari browsers.

After installing the extension, simply click on its button, go to the "Player" section, and disable the "Up next autoplay" setting. This will prevent YouTube from automatically queueing up and playing the next suggested video once the current one ends. The "pause when I'm typing" setting might also be useful for you since it will prevent any annoyances while you're typing a comment.

For playlists specifically, head over to the "Playlists" section and disable the "Up next autoplay" setting there. This will prevent YouTube from automatically moving to the next video in the playlist after the current one finishes.

Here's a screenshot to help you locate the relevant settings:

screenshot of above-described setting

Declaration of non-affiliation: I want to clarify that I'm NOT AFFILIATED with the "Improve YouTube!" extension in any way. I'm just a regular user who found this extension to be a relevant and helpful solution to the problem described.

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