YouTube hotkeys you need to know

Most of us use the world's most popular video hosting website, YouTube, regularly but not everyone is familiar with hotkeys which are available there. Using hotkeys i.e. keyboard shortcuts, you can use YouTube faster and more efficiently almost as if you are using a desktop media player application. Let's see which YouTube hotkeys are available while you are watching a video.


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Here is the complete list of YouTube keyboard shortcuts you need to know.

Playback hotkeys

Space or k - play / pause
> (Shift+. key) - increase speed of the clip
< (Shift+, key) - decrease speed of the clip

f - go fullscreen. To return from the fullscreen mode, press the ESC key.

Rewind video

: go back 5 seconds
: go forward 5 seconds
Ctrl + ← or j : go back 10 seconds
Ctrl + → or l : go forward 10 seconds

0 or Home — go to the beginning of the video
1 — go to 10% of the video duration
2 — go to 20% of the video duration
3 — go to 30% of the video duration
4 — go to 40% of the video duration
5 — go to 50% of the video duration
6 — go to 60% of the video duration
7 — go to 70% of the video duration
8 — go to 80% of the video duration
9 — go to 90% of the video duration
End — go to the end of the video

Volume hotkeys

— increase the sound volume level by 5%
— increase the sound volume level by 5%
m — mute

Playlist navigation hotkeys

N — next video in the playlist
P — previous video in the playlist

Other useful hotkeys

/ — set focus to the search text box
Esc — leave the search box / exit fullscreen
? — show the hotkeys help window


5 thoughts on “YouTube hotkeys you need to know

  1. Nice!

    Very useful. Thanks! :)

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      You are welcome :)

  2. Phil

    awesome thanks!

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author


  3. Dhanushanth Rajasingham

    Hi there thanks for these shortcuts, very helpful, some of those were.
    By the way, do you know the shortcut for thumbing up a video?


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