10+ YouTube Keyboard Shortcuts That You Need To Know

Many people nowadays spend most of their time on YouTube, whether for learning purpose or watching some cat videos. If you are one of those users who spends hours jumping from one YouTube recommendation to another, then you should definitely hone its keyboard shortcuts.

Note: Most of those shortcuts can only work once the YouTube player is in focus. If you are navigating alternative parts of the video page, then these shortcuts will not work. You can click on the YouTube player to gain back focus.

Check out this list of 10+ keyboard shortcuts to make your YouTube use more productive.


  • Spacebar: Toggle Play/Pause.
  • ↑ and ↓: Increase and decrease volume by 5%.
  • ← and →: Seek backward/forward 5 seconds.
  • j: Seek backward 10 seconds.
  • l: Seek forward 10 seconds.
  • ,: Seek backward 1 frame when the video is paused.
  • . (; on AZERTY keyboard): Seek forward 1 frame when the video is paused.
  • 0 to 9 (& to à on AZERTY keyboard): Seek to a specific point in the video (4 advances to 40% of duration, 5 to 50%, etc...).
  • ↖: Seek to the beginning of the video.
  • End: Seek to the end of the video.
  • Shift + ,: Decrease playback speed.
  • Shift + . (Shift + ; on AZERTY keyboard): Increase playback speed.
  • Shift + n: Move to the next video. When watching a playlist it will load the next video in the playlist, otherwise it will load the next suggested video.
  • Shift + p: Move to the previous video (playlist only).

Subtitles and closed captions

  • c: Toggle On/Off subtitles/closed captions if available.
  • + or =: Increase subtitles/closed captions size.
  • -: Decrease subtitles/closed captions size (shortcut not available on AZERTY keyboard).
  • o: Rotate through different text opacity levels.
  • w: Rotate through different window opacity levels.

Spherical videos

  • w: Pan up.
  • s: Pan down.
  • a: Pan left.
  • d: Pan right.
  • ] (+ on numpad on AZERTY keyboard): Zoom in.

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