YouTube Keyboard Shortcuts

April 11, 2013 at 2:00 am 2 comments

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:

Playback Controls:

  • 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.

Volume Controls:

  • M – Mute
  • Up Arrow – Increase Volume 5%
  • Down Arrow – Decrease Volume 5%

View Control:

  • 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.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Puja  |  April 11, 2013 at 6:19 am

    If you please the Up and Left arrow key at the same time while the video is loading, you can enjoy a game of ‘Snakes.’ But make sure to do it after hitting the ‘Play’ button just before the video starts.

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  • 2. dsa  |  November 26, 2016 at 6:34 am

    click double G (works sometimes only) and see what happens

    Reply

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