The Picture-in-Picture feature allows you to pop videos out of their webpages into floating, always on top, windows, so you can watch while continuing to work in other tabs.
You can have multiple Picture-in-Picture windows open and move or resize them to your liking.
Table of Contents
- 1 Using picture-in-picture
- 2 Player window
- 3 Video placeholder on the page
- 4 Disabling the Picture-in-Picture toggle
The Picture-in-Picture toggle appears when you hover over videos with the mouse cursor. Clicking on this will open the underlying video in the Picture-in-Picture player window:
- If you have never used Picture-in-Picture before, it will appear as a small blue rectangle that slides out when you hover over it to explain the feature:
- Once you have used Picture-in-Picture, it will appear as an icon over the video:
Right-click on the icon and then click on Move Picture-in-Picture Toggle to Left Side to move the icon to the opposite side of the video.
This feature is designed to work on most web videos. Though some videos will not display the toggle hovering over it. We only show it for videos that include an audio track, and that are also of sufficient size and play length.
Double-click the picture-in-picture player window to view the video in full-screen. Double-click again to exit full-screen.
Subtitles and captions
If you are using subtitles and captions while watching videos on the supported websites, they will also be viewable in Picture-in-Picture. It’s as simple as turning on the subtitles or captions on the in-page video player, and they will appear in Picture-in-Picture when launched.
Another way to access Picture-in-Picture is via the context menu. If right-click on a web video, you’ll sometimes see the media context menu that looks like this:
There’s a Picture-in-Picture menu item in that context menu that you can use to toggle the feature.
Many sites, however, make it difficult to access the context menu for web videos: YouTube, for example, overrides the default context menu with their own. You can get to the default native context menu by either holding Shift while right-clicking, or double right-clicking.
When a video is on full screen, the Picture-in-Picture menu item is not included in the context menu. You have to exit full screen to switch to Picture-in-Picture through the toggle or the context menu. (Note: The keyboard shortcut works on full screen.)
To access via the keyboard, press the combination Ctrl + Shift + ]. Firefox will attempt to launch the most relevant video on the page into a Picture-in-Picture window or will close it if already open.
To access via the keyboard, press the combination command + Shift + option + ]. Firefox will attempt to launch the most relevant video on the page into a Picture-in-Picture window.
The following shortcuts are available for playback and volume controls:
- Ctrl + ↓command + ↓: Mute
- Ctrl + ↑command + ↑: Unmute
- ↓: Volume decrease
- ↑: Volume increase
- ←: Seek back 155 seconds
- →: Seek forward 155 seconds
- Ctrl + ←command + ←: Seek back 10%
- Ctrl + →command + →: Seek forward 10%
- Home: Seek to beginning of video
- End: Seek to end of video
- Space: Pause/Continue
To close the Picture-in-Picture window, press the combination Ctrl + Wcommand + W.
The Picture-in-Picture window also gives you the ability to quickly play or pause the video — hovering the video with your mouse will expose that control, as well as a control for closing the window, and closing the window while returning you to the tab that the video came from. For information about how to hide these controls, see Turn picture-in-picture mode controls on and off.
Video placeholder on the page
When a video is in Picture-in-Picture view, the video placeholder on the page shows the message This video is playing in Picture-in-Picture mode. You can still use the video controls on the placeholder, such as play/pause, volume and full screen.
Disabling the Picture-in-Picture toggle
If you prefer to disable the toggle, so it does not appear over top of videos, there are two easy ways to do that: either on a site that has a supported video or in the settings.
Using the Picture-in-Picture toggle to disable it
- Find a video where you can see the Picture-in-Picture toggle.
- Right click on the toggle.
Enabling / disabling the Picture-in-Picture toggle in Settings
If you don’t want to see the controls while hovering, you can hide that option in Firefox. (Note: You can still turn on picture-in-picture view by right-clicking on a video.) Or you can use this to re-enable the control when you want to use it again.
- In the Menu bar at the top of the screen, click and select .Click the menu button and select .
- In the General panel, scroll down to the Browsing section.
- Clear the check mark for “Enable picture-in-picture video controls”.
If you later want to re-enable the controls, simply add back the check mark.