How to Set a specific start/play time in YouTube video when sharing or embedding videos

We often skip a certain segment while watching videos to view only the necessary clip. Likewise, when sharing YouTube video links with your friends, you might want to set YouTube video to start/play from a specified time interval so that the viewer only sees the desired portion and don’t need to buffer the unneeded initial part of the video.

Luckily, YouTube has now made it very easy to do this by adding an extra option to the right-click context menu of its videos. To set a specific start time for YouTube videos, just pause the video at a desired time, right-click on the video and select the ‘Copy video URL at current time’ option. Now use or share this video URL to let the video automatically play from the defined starting time.

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Alternate way – You can manually add the string #t=27s (replace 27s with the required starting time like 40s or 1.04m) to the end of any Youtube video URL.


Hope they also implement this feature when embedding YouTube videos. 🙂

Update – Our friend Amit Banerjee has shared an easy way which allows you to set a specified start/play time when embedding Youtube videos on a site or blog.

Embed Youtube video to start at a specific time – Get the HTML code of video from Youtube and paste it in the HTML section or Source (in Windows Live Writer). Now add the parameter &start=27 right after the video ID in the YouTube video embed code.

“Remember to replace 27 with the desired starting time and paste the same parameter twice, right after 2 video IDs present in the video embed code.”

An illustration is shown below:

<object width=”560″ height=”340″><param name=”movie” value=”;hl=en_US”></param><param name=”allowFullScreen” value=”true”></param><param name=”allowscriptaccess” value=”always”></param><embed src=”;hl=en_US” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowscriptaccess=”always” allowfullscreen=”true” width=”560″ height=”340″></embed></object>

Thanks Amit for the hat tip!


Mayur Agarwal is the founder and editor of WebTrickz. He is a Tech enthusiast and an Internet freak who loves to try out new gadgets and smartphones. You will usually find him sharing useful How To’s and Tips & Tricks. Follow him @mayurjango on Twitter where he is extremely active.

11 Responses

  1. Amit says:

    In fact this concept is true if you want to embed the video at a current time. Use this code (not sure whether it would show up in the comment form)

    Of course you have to replace the ID in the above code and the time at “&start=15” where 15 is the number of seconds.

    When users, click the play button the video will start after 15th second.

  2. Amit says:

    Just as I thought, the code was not allowed.

    Anyway, you have to add this parameter “&start=15” (without quotes), right after the video ID in the YouTube video embed code. Remember to use it twice.

  3. Swarup says:

    Good info mayur

  4. Abhay Mittal says:

    Thank you Webtrickz,
    I really say thanks to webtrickz by heart. But I’ve an objection. Actually, most of the tricks have problem, i.e., not working on others’ computers. I request the website to arrange the testing of every trick properly, before it is posted.

  5. TK says:

    Any ideas on how to get this working on posted youtube clips on facebook? I’ve tried the “#t=27s” option and it works well until I post a clip on facebook.

  6. Dave says:

    I didn’t know you could right click and copy like that. I use the YouTube parameters to set the start time.

  7. Mak says:

    Is there a way to have it also STOP/Pause after it plays the section I want to show?

  8. YT says:


    for embedded videos you can set stop time, for example

    where start and end time are seconds

    more info:

  9. Aks Shah says:

    I found this simple tool for customising the start & end time of any youtube videos..
    Simply go to the below link
    & the generated link can also be shared with your friends or embedded in your website.
    Absolutely no need for calculations & all that. Simple as 1,2,3.

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