27 Useful YouTube Keyboard Shortcuts You Should Know

YouTube is without a doubt one of the best places to hover over when we you are online. Its tagline says “Share your videos with friends, family, and the world” though it is way more than just a video sharing site today. YouTube now has become a way to connect, to express, to business, to entertain, to learn, you name it. The site is now ranked as no. 2 in the world according to Alexa. Its best user interface and convenient service are some of the key role of its popularity and success. In addition to that, some of the keyboard shortcuts made usage of YouTube much more efficient. Space bar for video Play/Pause, Arrow Up/Down for volume control is pretty much common among some useful YouTube keyboard shortcuts.

Many of the typical YouTubers are unaware of many other YouTube shortcuts apart from the most common ones. With a handful knowledge of these keyboard shortcuts and a little practice with that can change the entire YouTube experience of any user. The more one becomes good at playing with these YouTube keyboard shortcuts, being on with the site will be more fascinating. And a user won’t be relying on mouse cursor all the time. So, you are advised to check out these useful YouTube keyboard shortcuts and have fun of the best video sharing site at best.

 27 Useful YouTube Keyboard Shortcuts That Every YouTube Users Should Know

The useful YouTube keyboard shortcuts I am about to list out here will be much efficient in saving your precious time, a lot of it. Here it is worth mentioning that most of these keyboard shortcuts will work only when the player is focused. That means, when your mouse cursor navigating on the other parts of the YouTube video, some of the keyboard shortcuts won’t work. In that case, you will need to keep the cursor and click on the YouTube player frame to get back the focus.

1: Spacebar (Player focus is required) – Pressing on the spacebar simultaneously will Pause and Resume the video.

2: ‘K’ key (Player focus not required) – This key is used for Play/Pause/Resume YouTube videos.

3: Arrow Key ‘Up’ – Every time you press this key, the video sound volume will turn up by 5%.

4: Arrow key ‘Down’ – Every time you press this key, the video sound volume will turn down by 5%.

5: ‘M’ key – This is for mute or unmute the sound while playing videos.

6: Arrow key ‘Left’ – This key moves the video play backward by 5 secs.

7: Arrow key ‘Right’ – This key moves the video play forwards by 5 secs.

8: ‘L’ key – This key moves the video play forwards by 10 secs.

9: ‘J’ key – This key moves the video play backward by 10 secs.

10: ‘0’ or ‘Home’ key – Restarts a video when pressed.

11: ‘End’ key – This key is used for skipping a video to the end.

12: Num keys 1to…. 9 – Each number key is used to move playhead to percentage 10% to 90% respectively.

13: ‘F’ key – When this key is pressed, YouTube video gets full screen and exit respectively.

14: ‘Esc’ key – This is used to exit full screen of a video.

15: ‘Ctrl + Right Arrow key’ – This is used for moving to the next video. Works only in playlist.

16: ‘Ctrl + Left Arrow key’ – This is used for moving to the previous video. Works only in playlist.

17: ‘Tab’ key – Used for moving forward the video player control buttons.

18: ‘Shift + Tab’ – Used for moving backward the video player control buttons.

19: ‘Enter’ – This key is used to execute the selected video payer button.

20: ‘C’ key – This is used to turn on or off the closed captions.

21: ‘+’ key – This is used to increase closed captions font size when it is turned on.

22: ‘-‘ key – This is used to decrease closed captions font size when it is turned on.

23: ‘B’ key– Used for changing closed captions background color.

24: ‘>’ key – This is for increasing play speed when a video is playing.

25: ‘<’ key – This is for decreasing play speed when a video is playing.

26: ‘Shift + P’ – Pressing this key will play back the previously played video.

27: ‘Shift + N’ – Pressing the key will play the next YouTube video in recommendation and playlist.

It may require sometimes of practice till you get your hands smooth on these YouTube keyboard shortcuts. But they are worth it. Just like mostly we rely on shortcut keys while using offline video player rather than a mouse, YouTube online video player is going to be real fun I am sure. There must be more such shortcut key available I assume. Do share in the comment if you are aware any out of the list here.

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