How to Use Picture-in-Picture for Any Video in Windows

This guide will take you step by step through the process of using a great (and free) little App so that you can watch any video in a small player that stays above other windows/apps, “picture-in-picture” style.

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  1. Head over to the PiP-Tool download page and download the PiP-Tool .MSI file. Once the download has completed, double-click the file to start the installation. After that’s done, launch PiP-Tool via its Desktop shortcut or the Start Menu. A small dark-grey window will appear at the top of your screen – that’s Pip-Tool. If you need to move it, click within the ‘grid’ area on the left side of the app and drag it across the screen.
  2. Click on the window that contains the video you want to use. It can be an app like VLC, a video playing in a browser window, even a PowerPoint slideshow. A small wireframe will appear in that window (see screenshot below). Click on one of the circular ‘markers’ and drag it.
  3. Continue using those markers so that the frame covers all of the video.
  4. Once it’s in place, click the ‘check-mark’ inside PiP-Tool.
  5. The video will now appear in a small box on top of all other open apps.
  6. Click and drag that small box to the location you want it on your screen.
  7. You can resize the small video window by click-and-drag from the bottom right corner.
  8. When you decide you want to close the picture-in-picture video, hover your cursor over the video and click the “X” that appears.
  9. You can use PiP-Tool within any app that contains video – including YouTube.
  10. Now you can watch video while working on other things :)

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