15 Best YouTube Key­board Short­cuts for Win­dows and Mac

Parth Shah

YouTube, Google’s streaming service, is reaching new heights of popularity every day. The service is available everywhere, including phone, laptop, smart TV, and the web. While YouTube fame is mostly thanks to mobile apps, the service is best enjoyed on the web. You can adore the big screen and also take advantage of keyboard shortcuts to swiftly navigate the app.

Yt keyboard shortcuts

The YouTube Web offers many keyboard shortcuts to enjoy the YouTube experience.

Using the keyboard shortcuts, you can quickly turn up/down the volume, mute video, restart the video, increase subtitle font, mess with playback speed, and more. In this post, we are going to mention the top 15 YouTube keyboard shortcuts for the web. It will work on both Windows and Mac. Let’s get started.

1. Play/Pause Video

Most users know about the Spacebar keyboard shortcut to play or pause the current video. But the problem with shortcuts is, it requires player focus to work properly.

Pause video

Instead, you can use the K key on the keyboard to play or pause the video. It won’t require the player focus either.

2. Turn Volume Up/Down

This one is handy, and it can be useful in certain situations. During YouTube video playback, you can quickly use the up-arrow key to turn up the volume by 5% and down arrow key to turn down the volume by 5%.

Volume up

3. Mute/Unmute Volume

YouTube offers a keyboard shortcut for every control that you see on the player screen. To quickly mute or unmute the video, use the M key on the keyboard.

Mute

4. Move Backward/Forward 5 Seconds

Are you getting bored with some unnecessary sponsored ads between the videos? You can use the 5 seconds forward/backward video by simply clicking the right and left arrow, respectively.

5. Move Backward/Forward 10 Seconds

If you want to move forward in a current YouTube video, press the L key on the keyboard. To move backward by 10 seconds, use the J key on the keyboard.

Playback speed shortcut on youtube

6. Restart the Video

At any point in the video, you can restart the video from the start. Tap on the 0 key on the keyboard to restart the video. The good news is, it doesn’t require the video to be in focus to function.

7. Skip to End

Don’t want to watch the whole video? Use the End key on the keyboard to skip the video to the end.

8. Move the Play Head to a Respective Percentage

Everyone should remember this keyboard shortcut. You can use the number 1 to 9 to swiftly jump to the respective percentage of the video.

9. Enter or Exit the Full Screen

Using the F key on the keyboard, users can enable or disable the full screen in the YouTube video.

10. Move to Next/Previous Video

If you are watching YouTube videos in a Playlist, then these couple of keyboard shortcuts can help you move to the next or previous video. You can use Ctrl + right/left arrow on the Windows or Command + right/left arrow on Mac to move to the next or previous YouTube playlist video.

11. Turn On/Off Closed Captions

YouTube offers a handy captions tool to generate subtitles. Use the C key on the keyboard to turn on or off the captions.

Captions

12. Increase or Decrease CC Fonts

When the Closed Captions is switched on, you can use the + key to increase the font size and – the key to decrease the font size.

Increase caption

13. Change the Closed Caption Background Color

YouTube allows you to change the Closed Caption background color. When the CC is enabled, use the B key to change the CC background color in the YouTube video.

14. Increase/Decrease Play Speed

YouTube offers the ability to speed up or down the video playback. Opt for the > key to increase play speed or < key to decrease the speed.

Playback speed

15. Control YouTube Player Functions

You can control most of YouTube player functions the keyboard shortcuts mentioned above. However, they still can’t control everything, such as toggle theater mode or control options in the Player Settings.

You will need the Tab key's help to navigate to these options and then use Enter and Arrow keys to control the options.

Use Chrome Extensions to Create Keyboard Shortcuts

There's a Chrome extension for nearly everything. There is certainly a handful to create and add keyboard shortcuts to your Chrome browser. Do note that it will work on all Chromium-powered browsers like Edge and Brave.

You can use the Custom Hotkeys extension to create a keyboard shortcut for the YouTube web. Install the extension and click on the extension icon to select Options. You will see a plus icon at the bottom of the screen.

Chrome Extensions to Add Keyboard Shortcuts 1

Just enter the keyboard shortcut that you will use, the URL of the website where you will use it, and the jQuery selector that will mimic the click of a button.

You can also opt for paid extensions such as Shortkeys to create custom keyboard shortcuts for the YouTube web.

Chrome Extensions to Add Keyboard Shortcuts 5

Use YouTube Like a Pro

YouTube is much more fun and productive with the keyboard shortcuts mentioned above. Most of the time, you will be completely fine with the default keyboard shortcuts, but if you need more functionality, then use the Chrome extensions to create custom keyboard shortcuts.

Next up: Load up your Google Chrome browser with irrelevant extensions? Read the post below to learn how to uninstall Chrome apps and extenisons on Windows and Mac.


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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.