Top 11 Spo­ti­fy Key­board Short­cuts for Win­dows and Mac

Parth Shah

Spotify revolutionized the music streaming market. The company’s innovative features and cross-platform availability made it the top choice among the users. It’s no surprise why Spotify is leading a rapidly growing music streaming market with a comfortable margin. Unlike its rivals, who mostly offer a web version on the desktop, Spotify delivers a native experience with Windows and Mac apps. Whether you opt for the Free plan or have upgraded to Spotify Premium, you can use the official app like a pro with the Spotify keyboard shortcuts.

Keyboard Shortcuts Spotify

You can always use the keyboard media controls to play/pause or forward/backward songs, but when you are in the Spotify app, you can opt for Spotify keyboard shortcuts to improve the listening experience.

Besides, I have always found the Spotify media controls and other buttons such as shuffle, repeat, search, mute/unmute tiny in size to my liking. Using keyboard shortcuts solves the issue and allows you to access those functions on the fly. In this post, we will talk about eleven best Spotify keyboard shortcuts on Windows and Mac. Let’s get started.

1. Create New Playlist

A playlist is an integral part of any music service. A hardcore Spotify user relies on playlists for a different kind of music. If you want to create a playlist while listening to a song, the standard steps are tap on the three-dot menu > Add to Playlist > Create a new playlist. You can skip all those steps by using the Ctrl + N on Windows or Command + N keys on Mac.

Create spotify playlist

2. Play/Pause Music

This is fairly standard and works across most music/video streaming services. Are you listening to music and received a call? Instead of finding that pause button in the Spotify app, you can quickly use the spacebar to pause the music. That said, the Spotify app must be active on the screen. It won't work if you've minimized it or playing it from the Taskbar.

3. Switch to Next/Previous Track

Not a fan of current playing music? You can change tracks using the media controls on the keyboard or opt for the tiny forward/backward buttons in the Spotify app. We have a better solution than that. Use Ctrl + Left/Right arrow on Windows or Command + Left/Right arrow on Mac to forward or backward the song.

4. Volume Up/Down

You can quickly turn up or down the volume in the Spotify app. se Ctrl + Up/Down on Windows or Command + Up/Down on Mac to increase or decrease Spotify's volume.

Volume up

5. Mute or Set Volume to Maximum

Spotify offers a quick way to mute the current playing song. You can also set the volume level to maximum using keyboard shortcuts. Use Ctrl + Up/Down for Windows or Command + Up/Down on Mac to mute the song or set volume to maximum.

6. Search for a Song

Spotify search bar is one of the most used aspects of any user. After all, you need to search for new songs continuously on the platform to discover the latest music. You can use the Ctrl + L on Windows or Command + L on Mac to access the Spotify search bar.

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7. Browse Forward/Backward

That is handy in the Spotify app. At any point, you can use the Alt + Left/Right on Windows or Command + [ / ] keyboard shortcut on Mac to go forward or backward in the Spotify app.

8. Toggle Shuffle Mode

Shuffle mode is one of the important functions of any music app. The problem with Spotify is, it offers a tiny shuffle button on the player screen. You should use Ctrl + S on Windows or Command + S on Mac to trigger the shuffle mode on Spotify.

9. Use Filter Menu in Playlists

The filter menu is an essential part of the music experience. Using that, you can quickly jump to the song that you are looking for. Try to use Ctrl + F on Windows or Command + F on Mac to access the filter menu.

Filter menu

10. Set Current Playlist or Song on Repeat

We all have been through that phase. Some songs click with us, and we continuously want to listen to it. On Spotify, you can use Ctrl + R or Command + R on Mac to play songs in a repetitive mode.

11. Access Spotify Preferences

Spotify offers a ton of settings options to modify your music listening experience. You can access these settings from the Spotify Preference menu. Use Ctrl + P on Windows or Command +, on Mac to open the Spotify Preference menu.

Spotify preferences

The keyboard shortcuts mentioned above only work when Spotify is your current focus app. If you keep the app in the background or have something else in focus, you can't use the convenient shortcuts to play/pause, skip a track, or access other functions.

Also, don't forget about the media keys on your keyboard. All Mac keyboards and many Windows keyboards have keys that allow you to adjust the volume, play/pause, and change tracks. They're the quickest way to make a quick change without jumping back to Spotify.

Master Spotify Keyboard Shortcuts

I don’t use trackpad or mouse while navigating Spotify on my Mac. I mostly opt for the keyboard shortcut to navigate the app smoothly. You can switch to that routine too. Memorize the keyboard shortcuts mentioned above and implement them in your daily workflow.

Next up: Amazon bundles Prime Music service with the Prime subscription. Read the comparison post with Spotify to choose a better music streaming service for you.


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Parth Shah

Parth previously worked at EOTO.tech covering tech news. He is currently freelancing at Guiding Tech writing about apps comparison, tutorials, software tips and tricks and diving deep into iOS, Android, macOS, and Windows platforms.