YouTube doesn’t need any special introduction. Does it? All of us visit YouTube now and then. We can watch (& learn) almost everything such as movies, TV episodes, Gameplay, animation, tutorials and much more.
You can spend a whole day on YouTube without getting bored at all. No kidding. There’s so much to explore. That’s why it would be better to learn some useful YouTube keyboard shortcuts to make your life easier.
You are going to find loads of suggestion if you search for the “most useful YouTube keyboard shortcuts to use right now”.
It could be overwhelming for anybody. Plus, you may not find everything shortcut keys in one place as well. Hence, we’ve prepared a comprehensive list of the best YouTube shortcuts for watching your favourite videos at ease.
Keep in mind that these shortcuts won’t work on all operating systems. It varies from one OS to another. You should be aware of it as a computer user by now.
YouTube has two different players, HTML5 and Flash. Just make sure that you’ve selected the video player otherwise some of these shortcuts may not work properly.
So, without any further ado let’s take a quick look at some of the most useful YouTube shortcuts to use currently. Are you ready to scroll? Alright. Let’s begin.
Some Useful Youtube Shortcut Keys For Windows And Mac
Spacebar Pause/Play video (player focus required)
K key Pause/Play video (doesn’t require focus)
↑ (Arrow key up) Turn up volume 5%
↓ (Arrow key down) Turn down volume 5%
M key Mute/un-mute volume
← (Arrow key left) Move backward 5 sec
→ (Arrow key right) Move forward 5 sec
L key Move forward 10 sec
J key Move backward 10 sec
0 / Home key Restart the video
End key Skip to the end
Num keys 1,2,3..9 Move playhead to the respective percentage, 10%-90%
F key Enter or exit full screen
Esc key Exit full screen
Ctrl + → Move to next video (only in playlist)
Ctrl + ← Move to previous video (only in playlist)
Tab key Move forward in player control buttons
Shift + Tab Move backward in player control buttons
Enter Execute select player control button
C key Turn on/off CC (closed captions)
(+) key Increase CC font size when it’s turned on
(–) key Decrease CC font size when it’s turned on
(B) key Change CC background color
(>)key Increase play speed
(<) key Decrease play speed
Shift + P Play previously played video
Shift + N Play next video in recommendation/playlist
(/) key Place text cursor in search field to start typing
Esc key Focus away from search field if text cursor is there
(,) (comma) Move backward per frame when video is paused
(.) (period) Move forward per frame when video is paused
THE POWERFUL “TAB” KEY
By utilizing above keys you can accomplish most of the common and useful functions but there also something’s that can’t be controlled by shortcuts, which are toggling theater mode and altering settings.
To do these two thing Tab key will assist you a lot. So press Tab key on keyboard to navigate and then hit Enter button open up the options, now use arrow keys to select your proffered choice and finally press Enter.
So if are among those who completely wants to boycott mouse while watching something on YouTube then Tab key and other shortcuts are your best buddy’s.