How to zoom ahead in YouTube videos with a single key press

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This week my love affair with keyboard shortcuts continues. Shortcuts can make life so much easier and far more efficient. Today, I’ve got two Chrome tools that will help when you need to quickly scan an online video.

Car maker Mini recently released an extension for Chrome called Mini Fast Forward that works with Facebook, Netflix, and YouTube. As its name suggests, the extension allows you to quickly fast-forward through a video. All you have to do is lean back and tap the S key on your keyboard.

The downside of this extension is that it’s more or less a marketing ploy—use the S key, as in Mini Cooper S. It’s fast, get it? The marketing ploy also means each video gets a Mini logo watermark in the upper-left-hand corner of all compatible videos (see the image at the top of this post). Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be any way to disable it.

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