YouTube Keyboard Shortcuts
By Chad Upton | Editor
The youtube.com video player only has a few buttons on it, making it hard to freeze a video on a specific frame. But, using the keyboard shortcuts, you can control the video frame-by-frame or quickly expand it to fullscreen mode.
My favorite is probably the fullscreen shortcut; it’s much easier to hit the F key than move the mouse and click the fullscreen button. Here is a list of some other shortcuts:
- K – Play/Pause (spacebar does the same)
- J – Jump back 3 seconds when playing / jump back one frame when paused (Left Arrow Key does the same)
- L – Jump forward 3 seconds when playing / jump forward one frame when paused (right arrow key does the same)
- 0 – Jump to beginning
- 1-9 – The number keys can be used to jump to a relative point on the timeline. For example, 5 jumps to the 50% mark on the timeline, half way through the video. 1 jumps to the 10% mark and 9 jumps to the 90% mark.
- M – Mute
- Up Arrow – Increase Volume 5%
- Down Arrow – Decrease Volume 5%
- F – Fullscreen (ESC to exit fullscreen)
This is great if you’re trying to spot a secret in a video or just cue up a clip to show a friend. From my testing, these keys work in Chrome, Firefox and Safari.