How to Use PIP in Chrome, Firefox and Edge

In this post, you will see:

  • How to use picture in picture (PIP) mode in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge
  • How to enable Internet Explorer mode in Edge

In this case, I am using a Windows 10 PC. Let’s get started.

How to use PIP

The picture in picture mode shows the video in the floating window which stays on top of other windows until it is closed, or you use the Back to tab icon.

Chrome

Open the Chrome browser.

Go to YouTube and open the video you want.

Now you will see the Global Media Controls icon in the upper right corner. Click on it.

There you can find backward, play, forward, and PIP mode icons. Hit the latter.

That’s it. You can now watch the video in PIP mode.

Move the floating window anywhere on the screen and resize it if you want. Minimize the browser window if you want.

Hover over the video in PIP mode and you will find three options:

Play icon, x icon to close the PIP mode, and Back to tab icon that brings you to the tab that contains the video.

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Edge

Open Edge.

Open a YouTube video you prefer.

Now right-click on the video twice and you will see the option “Picture in picture.” Hit it.

That’s it. You can now watch the video in PIP mode.

Move the floating window anywhere on the screen and resize it if you want. Minimize the browser window if you want.

Hover over the video in PIP mode and you will find three options:

Play icon, x icon to close the PIP mode, and Back to tab icon that takes you to the tab that contains the video.

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Notes

Like Chrome, if you want the Global Media Controls icon, then follow these steps:

In the Edge address bar, type edge://flags and then press Enter.

Enter global media in the search box at the top.

Now open the drop-down list next to these flags: Global Media Controls and Global Media Control Picture-in-Picture.

Select Enabled.

Press the Restart button.

That’s it.

Here’s an important thing to note: It doesn’t work for all sites. For example, YouTube. But it works for Vimeo videos.

Play a Vimeo video.

You will notice the Global Media Controls icon in the upper right corner. Press it.

Click on the PIP icon.

That’s all.

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Firefox

By default, PIP is enabled in Firefox but here’s how you can make sure it is.

Open Firefox.

Press the three vertical lines at the top right.

Click Options.

Find Enable picture-in-picture video controls. Make sure it is checked. Otherwise, check.

Here’s how you can use PIP.

Open Firefox.

Open the desired YouTube video.

Move your mouse over the video and you will see the PIP symbol. Press it.

You can now watch the video in PIP mode.

Move the floating window anywhere on the screen and resize it if you want. Minimize the browser window if you want.

Hover over the video in PIP mode and you will find three options:

Play icon, x icon to close PIP mode, and “Back to tab” icon that brings you to the tab with the video when the Firefox window is visible on the PC display.

Note:

Here is an alternative way for YouTube video to switch to PIP mode: Double-click the video twice and then press the Picture-in-Picture option.

How to enable IE mode in Edge

What is IE mode?

If you have compatibility problems with an old website while browsing the Microsoft Edge browser, you can use Internet Explorer (IE) mode.

Suppose you are visiting an older page on Edge that is not compatible with it but works with the Internet Explorer browser.

In this case, instead of using the Internet Explorer browser, you can open the website in Edge IE mode.

Let’s see how to enable it.

Open Edge.

Hit the three horizontal dots in the upper right corner.

Click Settings.

On the left sidebar, click Default browser.

Note: You can go directly to the “Default browser” by pasting this (edge://settings/defaultbrowser) into the address bar and pressing Enter.

In the Internet Explorer compatibility section, see “Allow sites to be reloaded in Internet Explorer mode.”

Activate it and press the Restart button.

That’s it. You activated the IE mode.

Let’s see how to use it.

Visit the website you want.

Hit the three horizontal dots at the top right.

Move the mouse over the More tools menu.

Click Reload in Internet Explorer mode.

That’s it. The page will now be reloaded in IE mode.

If you are in Internet Explorer mode, you can see the IE icon in the address bar.

If you want to leave IE mode, you only have to press the Leave button at the top.

Notes:

Not every website supports IE mode. YouTube, for example.

You can see a drop-down list next to Let Internet Explorer open sites in Microsoft Edge in the “Internet Explorer compatibility” section.

Here you can configure what you want to open in IE mode.

Open the drop-down list and you will find these options:

  • Never – this will open all websites that support IE mode in IE mode.
  • Incompatible sites only (Recommended) – this will only open incompatible pages of IE mode in Edge.
  • Always – this does not open the page in Internet Explorer mode.

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