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HOW TO: Pinpoint Moments in a YouTube Video

HOW TO: Pinpoint Moments in a YouTube Video

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You did it! You recorded your daughter’s ballet recital—all three hours of it—and you uploaded it successfully to YouTube. You want to send the link to grandparents and friends, but you don’t want them to have to sit through two hours and 55 minutes of other kids’ pirouettes and arabesques. What now?

Here’s how to link to a specific time on a YouTube video:

  1. Navigate to www.youtube.com and search for the video you want to share, or use the link provided if you uploaded the video yourself.
  2. Watch/scan the video and make a note of when the important part starts.
  3. Below the video, click SHARE (next to the thumbs up and thumbs down icons). A Share pop-up appears.
  4. Mark the checkbox at the bottom left and in the Start at field, enter the time you noted. (This field may already be populated with the desired time if you paused the video at this moment.)
  5. Click COPY. The link (a new time-stamped URL) is now copied to your clipboard.

You can now paste the link into emails or even share it directly to Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, or other platforms from within the Share pop-up.

 While this feature will earn you kudos from grandparents, it’s also a terrific feature for sharing specific steps in long tutorials, calling our critical moments in a news story, and ensuring that businesses’ clients don’t click away before they get to the good stuff!

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