How To Remove the Search Box From A YouTube Embed

Are your YouTube embeds showing up with an ugly search box above the video? I had to approve a comment this morning and noticed this monstrosity in one of my posts.

Why would YouTube do this? Well, Google’s been scrambling to introduce new revenue streams since their earnings started getting leaner.

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The idea is no doubt that they can use embedded videos to drive more search traffic to YouTube. More traffic, especially search traffic means more ad revenue.

Anyway, how do you disable this feature so you don’t lose visitors to your embedded videos? It’s very simple.

If your embed code looks like this:

<object width="425" height="355">
<param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/u1zgFlCw8Aw&rel=1&color1=0x2b405b&color2=0x6b8ab6&border=1&fs=1"></param>
<param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param>
<embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/u1zgFlCw8Aw&rel=1&color1=0x2b405b&color2=0x6b8ab6&border=1&fs=1"type="application/x-shockwave-flash"width="425" height="355" allowfullscreen="true"></embed>
</object>

Add this to both the “param” and “embed” sections:

&showsearch=0

So it looks like this:

<object width="425" height="355">
<param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/u1zgFlCw8Aw&rel=1&color1=0x2b405b&color2=0x6b8ab6&border=1&fs=1&showsearch=0"></param>
<param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param>
<embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/u1zgFlCw8Aw&rel=1&color1=0x2b405b&color2=0x6b8ab6&border=1&fs=1&showsearch=0"type="application/x-shockwave-flash"width="425" height="355" allowfullscreen="true"></embed>
</object>

You can find all the YouTube embeddable player parameters here.

Wish they’d disable it by default.

3 thoughts on “How To Remove the Search Box From A YouTube Embed”

  1. Thank you for this post. I’m trying to understand and be patient with YouTube’s revenue concerns, but truth is, this “monstrosity” changes makes me weigh my entire blogging setup and experience. It is so intrusive and is such a nuisance, that it is affecting my entire blogging outlook – it is truly over the line. Hard to believe it would even help YouTube that much. It defaces the blog and seems so very unnecessary.

  2. I can imagine how inconvenient this is for people who have any significant amount of YouTube clips on their blogs.

    The logical next step is a WP plugin that manages YouTube embed parameters. Would be very easy to write.

    BTW, setting &rel=0 accomplishes the same thing, plus it doesn’t load related videos after yours finishes. Might want to further decrease the distraction.

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