Google Chrome's Picture-in-Picture Extension (PiP) allows you to watch videos on the Internet in PiP mode. However, if you want to watch a video from your local drive, you can play it with Chrome in a PiP window.
In this guide, you can use either the built-in PiP mode or the official Chrome extension. Visit the Chrome webshop and install the PiP extension to continue.
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This guide uses Windows as the operating system. The process should be the same on all desktop platforms, including MacOS, Linux, and Chrome OS.
In order for Google's PiP extension to work with files stored locally on your computer, you must grant the extension permission to access the URL of a file. Right-click the extension icon in the toolbar, and then select Manage Extensions.
. Scroll down until "Allow access to file" URLs appears and set the switch to the "On" position.
appears. Then, navigate to the folder of the video you'd like to see in Chrome. Right-click the video, point to "Open With," and then click "Google Chrome."
proposal, then click "Choose Another App" in the shortcut menu that opens. Select "Google Chrome" from the list of apps and then click "OK."
. Alternatively, you can drag the video file directly into a new tab and Chrome will automatically open the video.
After the video opens, click on the PiP extension icon, and the video will appear in a mini player over all other windows.
If you're using the Chrome extension and want to use the built-in PiP feature instead, right-click the video and then click "Picture in Picture."
. As with any other video in PiP mode, you can move the player by dragging it anywhere on the screen.
After you finish the video, either click on the "X" in the mini player window to close it, or select the box and the arrow icon at the bottom left of the player to return to the tab, on which the video is stored played.