A lot of people use YouTube every day. At the time of this writing, YouTube streams videos to at least a billion active users each month. This statistic makes sense. I personally am on YouTube constantly throughout the day.

As you may imagine, issues have risen. Including a pesky little feature where YouTube scrolls down the video page instead of pausing/playing the video when pressing the spacebar. As your friendly neighborhood creamy little ‘Tube-boii, I took it upon myself to gather the following shortcuts so that you, unlike myself, will never feel lost as you lose yourself in the abyss that we all love called YouTube.

Here’s a list of YouTube shortcuts and tricks you probably didn’t know.

Shortcuts Function
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/unmute 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


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