Get Desktop Notifications and Keyboard Shortcuts for Spotify on Windows

Ashish Mundhra

Spotify might be unbeatable when it comes to collection of music but it lacks advanced features of a music player. Sometime back we showed you how you can integrate equalizer to Spotify for better sound output from your speakers and we will take it from there today, and enhance Spotify a bit more by incorporating hotkeys and adding desktop notifications to it.

toastify toast

Using the desktop notifications and global hotkey support one can easily keep track of the ‘now playing’ tracks and change it without leaving whatever they are currently working on. Toastify is a nifty app for Windows that can make this possible.

Toastify for Windows

Toastify comes as a 32-bit installer but can be installed on 64-bit computers as well. The installation is very simple and after you have successfully installed the tool, run it using the shortcut created on the desktop or in the Start Menu. Make sure Spotify is running prior to launching Toastify. The tool will start minimized in the System Tray (the bottom right corner of the desktop). To start configuring the tool, right-click on the Toastify icon in the System Tray and click on the Settings option.

general settings

There are three sets of settings in Toastify. The first one – General Settings – takes care of the Toastify behavior with respect to Spotify and Windows. Here you can configure if Toastify should start automatically with Windows and should it launch Spotify when initiated. One thing I liked here is Clipboard Template. Using it you can easily paste the current song you are listening to on any application using a global hotkey.

Toastify Appearance

The second setting Toast lets you configure the small notification window that appears just above the System Tray whenever Spotify changes the track. In the Toast settings you can control the appearance of the notification box like the fade out time, color, thickness and the overall dimensions.

toast

You can also reduce the toast transparency using the three sliders next to the top, bottom and border color and manage the transparency of each of these elements individually.

changed appearnece

Toastify Keyboard Shortcuts For Spotify

Finally the keyboard shortcuts. In the Hotkeys settings you can simply enable or disable the global hotkeys option and configure how each of them should trigger. By default all the hotkeys will be disabled and you will have to activate them one by one by checking them. Here is the list of the default hotkeys provided by Toastify.

  • Ctrl + Alt + Up = Play/Pause
  • Ctrl + Alt + Down = Stop
  • Ctrl + Alt + Right = Next track
  • Ctrl + Alt + Left = Previous track
  • Ctrl + Alt + M = Mute on/off
  • Ctrl + Alt + Page Up = Volume up
  • Ctrl + Alt + Page Down = Volume down
  • Ctrl + Alt + Space = Show toast
  • Ctrl + Alt + S = Show Spotify
  • Ctrl + Alt + C = Copy track information to clipboard
  • If any of these conflict with an existing global hotkey configured on your computer, Toastify will show you a yellow underline right under the checkbox of the conflicting hotkey.

    hotkeys

    You will then have to change it by either replacing the modifier or the literal key. The Copy Track Information hotkey is the one that can be used to quickly copy the now playing track information on any application as we discussed under the General settings.

    Conclusion

    So go ahead and try out Toastify. I am sure you will love the idea of better management of tracks playing in Spotify without leaving the application you are currently working on.

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Ashish Mundhra

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Ashish Mundhra

Ashish is a staff writer and video editor at Guiding Tech. He loves all things tech and has a soft corner for Android. Apart from contributing articles here, he also takes care of our YouTube Channel.