Annotations can make videos more interactive, as we've discussed before. But sometimes creators go a little overboard. Sometimes there's so much on screen you can't see certain parts of the video, and that can be really annoying. Luckily, there are ways to get rid of them if you so choose, although it's best to take them on a case-by-case basis rather than banning them all completely. But of course, there are probably people out there where banning them all completely makes total sense. We're here to help. There are 3 good ways to disable annotations below.
Three Legit Ways to Make Annotations Vanish
So how do we do this? There are very simple ways to remove annotations.
1. X marks the spot. Hover your mouse over the annotation, and an "x" should appear, by which you can now close out that particular annotation forever.
2. Icon on YouTube player. There's an icon on the player itself that "hides annotations." It's the white box with a little tail on it. This will hide all annotations on the video, so it means you might miss something that you'd actually like to see.
3. YouTube account settings. Under "Playback," you can actually make it so that annotations NEVER show up on any video by simply un-checking the "Show annotations on videos" box. Now that's not cool. You want to be cool, right? Well, I guess this option is good for some people.
Remember, the annotations are there, for the most part, to let you know of other goodness. So they aren't all bad, although some creators take them to the extreme.