YouTube changed the way we view videos since 2005. It’s the go-to site for anything you want to watch – from senseless shorts to films (Hollywood, Bollywood, Lollywood, Mollywood, Pollywood) or anything else you can think of. You may think you know all the good stuff to search, playlists to fire up your day or must-watch channels. But what about keyboard shortcuts?
Here are some shortcuts that will help you cut time when your mouse/clickpad bogs down. Disclaimer: these are the standard shortcuts; it might not work on all browsers, it may vary on a Mac.
Play/Pause video: K, space bar or click. Probably the most used shortcut, especially the latter. K works even if your click isn’t focused on the video; if it isn’t, pressing the space bar will scroll down the entire window.
Go to/Focus on search bar: Press/(slash). Press Esc to leave it.
Focus on video: Click the lower part of the video, below the progress bar. Clicking above the progress bar will, as mentioned earlier, play/pause the video.
Full screen: For double-click. To exit, simply press Esc. And don’t bother looking for a shortcut to Theatre Mode, because there isn’t one.
Increase/Decrease volume: Arrow Up and Arrow Down, respectively. Done in intervals of 5%, and your focus should be on the video. If not, watch the whole window dance up and down.
Mute: Press M. Will work regardless where you’re focused.
Jump forward/backwards five seconds: Arrow left and right, respectively. Focus should be on the video; if you aren’t this will cause the entire window to scroll left or right (if you’re zoomed in too much).
Jump forward/backwards 10 seconds: J and L, respectively. Will work even if you’re not focused on the video.
Jump in multiples of 10%: Any of the number keys from 1 to 9 (1 for 10%, 2 for 20%, etc).
Jump to the end: End. Seriously, was there any other button for this? However, if your video is part of a playlist, pressing it will load the next one.
Return to the start: Home or 0 (zero). Also acts as the replay button(s) should you reach the end of the video.
Go backwards/forward a little bit when video is paused: , (comma) and . (period), respectively. Perfect for hunting down certain things you’d want to see.
Jump backwards/forward one minute: Page Down and Page Up, respectively. Will only work if you’re focused on the progress bar.
Jump a certain number of minutes and seconds into video: Add “#t=xmys” to URL, where “x” and “y” are the number of minutes and seconds, respectively. Good for those who find clicking so yesterday or just want to show off their shortcut skills. Will still work if you use either, but remember: the video will jump to the point you specified from zero, not from where you were last watching.
More shortcut flavour: You can either press Alt+D then End or F6 then End to get to the end of the URL; you can also replace End with the arrow right key. To get to the address bar on a Mac, you need to press Command + L.
Decrease/Increase speed: Shift+, (comma) and Shift+. (period), respectively (< and >, basically). Intervals of 0.25 will be used, starting at normal speed. Works regardless where you’re focused.
Toggle closed captions/subtitles: Press C. Will work only if it’s available for the video (you’ll see a “CC” icon on the lower part of video).
Change CC’s background colour: Press B. Nope, never used it.
Open video menu: Right-click on the video. Options such as copy video URL, copy embed code, report playback issue, stats will show up.
Cycle through playlists: Shift+P and Shift+N (or End) for previous or next video, respectively.
Media Bites Editorial – Courtesy: KT
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