Category Archives: How To

How to find the URL to your YouTube Playlists

In this episode I’ll show you how to find the URL to your own YouTube Playlists in Creator Studio Classic. At the time of recording, Playlists cannot be accessed or shared from YouTube Studio Beta on a desktop browser. I will also show you how to share a playlist with the YouTube Studio iOS App, in which this feature is implemented.

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How to see you Amazon Prime Watch History (2018)

I really enjoy the Watch History feature in YouTube. It allows me to share links to videos I’ve watched recently, without having to remember where they are. So I thought I’d hunt around for a similar feature on Amazon Prime.

Eventually I found it, but it was so hidden that I probably won’t remember where it was – unless I write it down somewhere. And that place shall be here 🙂

Here’s how to find what you’ve recently watched on your Amazon Prime Video account (as of December 2018).

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How to login to the Google Play Podcast Portal

Google have done a fantastic job at hiding the option for us to submit new podcast feeds on Google Play. It’s easy to login and listen to music and podcasts, and seemingly impossible to login to the section in which to submit either.

I usually get there somehow by looking at my history, but I can imagine that’ll be lost at one point – so I did a bit of URL testing and tweaking and found out. Here’s how to find that mysteriously hidden URL.

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How to fix the greyed out option for Scheduled Videos on YouTube

For several times I’ve experienced an issue with the YouTube Creator Studio Classic, in which I can’t seem to schedule new videos. The error manifests after hitting upload, with all appearance options available except for Scheduled (so Public, Unlisted and Private are all available, but Scheduled is greyed out).

So what’s going on here? I already know that once a video is made Public, it cannot be scheduled anymore for obvious reasons. But both Private and Unscheduled videos, if they’ve never been Public should still be schedulable, right? If that is a word…

Turns out there’s an easy fix to this glitch. I’ve discovered it by accident so I thought I’d share how to rectify this:

  1. choose Private from the menu
  2. hit Save Changes
  3. examine the previous menu
  4. the Scheduled option is now available 🙂

That was easy!

Here’s hoping the issue will have been eliminated by the time YouTube Studio Beta goes live in 2019. Until then, we can use the above workaround.

How to centre an element in CSS

In the olden days of HTML development, in the late 90ies, we only had inline styles. Centring an element was done using the <center> property. That approach isn’t very elegant anymore in modern CSS 🙂

Today we can use something like this:

It’s slightly more complicated than a single tag, but also opens up more options to tweak top and bottom margins at the same time.

How to find your Public Profile on Amazon

As much as I like Amazon, UI design isn’t their strong point. They have so many links to so many things hiding in their interface that it’s difficult to find what you’re looking for at times. Your Public Profile is one of those hidden gems.

It’s a collection of all your community activity you’ve engaged in on Amazon, such as post reviews or videos, your wish lists, Spark posts, Reviewer Ranking and so forth. Here’s a screenshot of what mine currently looks like:

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How to take a screenshot on a Chromebook

My wife recently got hold of an Acer Chromebook. She just got a promotion in her job, and part of said promotion was a laptop so that she can work 18 hours a day more efficiently.

The biggest question we both had less than 10 monies after switching it on was: how to we take a screenshot with this thing?

Short Answer

To take a full screenshot, press CTRL + F5.

To take a partial screenshot, press SHIFT + CTRL + F5. Now left-drag the area you’d like to take a screenshot of.

If your Chromebook doesn’t have F keys, look for a rectangle with two lines next to it. It’s known as the Switch Window key. It’ll most likely be the fifth key from the left in the top row, not including the ESC key. It looks like this:

Resulting files will be stored in the Downloads folder.

Further Reading

Let Google dazzle you with a whole host of keyboard shortcuts available for Chromebooks:

  • https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/183101?hl=en

How to build an Amazon link efficiently

When you want to share a product on Amazon with someone else, the easiest thing to do is to copy whatever is in the browser bar at the time and paste that elsewhere. While this works, it’s not an efficient way to link to a product.

The URL is often extremely long and contains additional parameters that tell Amazon’s systems either how the product was found or referred, or what else to display on the current product page. Most of that additional information makes the URL longer than it needs to be.

In this article I’ll show you how to build a short and efficient link without additional parameters, such as tracking information.

All we really need is the regional Amazon domain and the ASIN of the product and add these two together, separated by the letters “dp”.

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How to create a YouTube Subscription Prompt Link

Ever wondered how you can send a link to someone with an immediate prompt to subscribe to your YouTube channel?

It works by appending a parameter to the channel link you’d like people to subscribe to. It doesn’t have to be your own channel either.

Here’s how to do it.

Find the YouTube Channel URL

There are plenty of ways to do this, I won’t go into detail here. Check out my article on how to find your YouTube channel URL instead.

Let’s take my own YouTube channel’s URL for this example. It’s https://youtube.com/user/wphosting (if I remember correctly).

Append the sub_confirmation parameter

Ordinarily, if I would share this link with someone else, all that happens is that they land on my YouTube channel, and my channel trailer starts playing. The end.

But if we append the following parameter, the user is asked if they’d like to subscribe to that channel.

So in my case, the full subscribe URL would be https://youtube.com/user/wphosting?sub_confirmation=1. Try it out and see how it works!

When the other party receives the link, all they have to do is click on a SUBSCRIBE or CANCEL button.

If a user is already subscribed to the channel, no message appears. If a user is not logged into YouTube, they will be prompted to do so after the above dialogue (and then they’ll subscribe to the channel).

Credits

Thanks to David “The 8-Bit Guy” Murray for this insight! He’s been using such links successfully in one of his latest collaborative videos, the ThinkDifferentChallenge.

After it went live, Jan Beta noted in a Pattern post that his subscriber count went through the roof.

How to find the URL for your own YouTube Playlist (2018)

I’ve seen a lot of web interfaces in my time. YouTube’s has got to be one of the worst ever. Fact! I am frequently shocked how unintuitive the simplest of things are, and how cumbersome and ugly the whole design is.

Take something as simple as sharing your own Playlist. There’s this unbelievably unhelpful Google article that apparently explains how it works.

Which it doesn’t. At least not at the time of writing.

Here’s how to find and share your own YouTube Playlist’s URL (with screenshots, as of August 2018). Continue reading How to find the URL for your own YouTube Playlist (2018)