Turn off YouTube "keep hovering to play" popup

This is one annoying feature: the video thumbnail is elarged on hover and it looks like this:

Situation 1: if you're not logged in

Install a cookie editor extension for your browser.

Cookie Quick Manager for Firefox
Cookiebro for Chrome

Use the extension to find one of the YouTube cookies named PREF. Append &f7=1 to the cookie. So volume=100 will become volume=100&f7=1. Reload YouTube.

Situation 2: if you're logged in

Go to "Settings", then "Playback and performance" and turn off "Inline playback".

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