30 YouTube Keyboard Shortcuts for smooth video playback experience

A number of streaming services are available in the market, but the majority of them are paid services, but among all, Youtube is the popular platform to stream and share videos. According to reports, Google-owned free video streaming services has more than 1.57 billion monthly active users and 30 million daily active users. Majority of people love to stream videos on Youtube on their smartphones and tablets, but some people stream Youtube on their laptops and desktops also for a vivid streaming experience. Still, Youtube is being streamed on PCs in millions. Controlling playback on Youtube on PC may seem a messed up task using mouse or trackpads every time to control the playback, but this task can be done without using mouse, or trackpads, you can your keyboard for every single control, whether it’s playing the next video in the playlist or play or pause the video. So, here are, 30 YouTube Keyboard Shortcuts for smooth video playback control for both Windows and Mac PCs.

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You may know some of the YouTube Keyboard Shortcuts, which are quite popular, but check out all of them and control Youtube with more ease.


Keyboard Shortcuts


Spacebar Pause/Play video
K key Pause/Play video
 (Arrow key up) Turn up volume 5%
 (Arrow key down) Turn down volume 5%
M key Mute/unmute volume
 (Arrow key left) Move playback backward 5 sec
 (Arrow key right) Move playback forward 5 sec
L key Move playback forward 10 sec
J key Move playback backward 10 sec
0 / Home key Restart current video
End key Skip to the end of the video
Num keys 1,2,3..9 Move playback 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 the playlist)
Ctrl + ← Move to previous video (only in the 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 (if turned  ON)
 key Decrease CC font size (if 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 the video is paused
. (period) Move forward per frame when the video is paused
Shift + > key Increase Playback Speed               
Shift + < key Decrease Playback Speed  


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The increase and decrease playback speed keyboard shortcut feature may not work in all browsers. We recommend to use Chrome browser or the Youtube app on your PC for using all the keyboard shortcut without any problem, but you can try them on any other browser too.

So, these are the 30 YouTube Keyboard Shortcuts that you must use for controlling the playback on Youtube with more ease.

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