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Bring back the grid layout to YouTube's My subscriptions page

With an extension box or a user script, you'll be able to bring back the entirely more useful grid layout to your YouTube subscriptions page.

Matt Elliott

August 20, 2013 11:41 AM PDT

YouTube changed the look of its subscriptions page a short while ago, moving from a grid layout to your single-column view that will need a great deal more scrolling to watch its wares. If you've been pining for the good ol' days of the My subscriptions grid view, there is an easy fix for Chrome and Firefox.


(Credit: Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET)

For Firefox, install the YouTube Subscriptions Grid add-on. After installing it and refreshing your subscriptions page, you'll see a grid layout that includes a lot less wasted space. On my 13-inch MacBook Pro, which features a single,280x800-pixel screen resolution, the grid goes four thumbnails wide. With some quick math, I would estimate this add-on makes a 75 percent reduction in scrolling when browsing my YouTube subscriptions. In addition to the thumbnail per video, the title is displayed combined with the author, how long ago it turned out uploaded, along with the number of views. The only little bit of information that goes missing through the default, gridless view is often a video's description.


(Credit: Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET)

For Chrome, you'll want to run this user script. (Just download it for your PC or Mac and then drag the file into the extensions page to set up it.) After it's installed, refresh your subscriptions page and enjoy the glow of the new grid view. It looks similar to what you get while using Firefox add-on, though the author details are missing from your grid. Also, it keeps the four-wide grid layout regardless of how you adjust the size of the Chrome window, whereas the Firefox add-on drops a column of thumbnails while you narrow your browser window.

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