YouTube Tips: Keyboard Short-Cuts


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YouTube is the most popular video website on the net, and you would need several lifetimes to watch absolutely everything on the site. If you really want to attempt doing this, we can make it a little easier with our simple list of keyboard short-cuts.

The Method – YouTube Keyboard Short-cuts

Time taken: 30 seconds

Who for: YouTube users

What to do:

  1. Search for, and play, a video on
  2. Click on the black border at the bottom of the video player
  3. Now you have selected the video player, you can use the following functions by clicking the corresponding keys on your keyboard:
    • Left: Rewind
    • Right: Fast-forward
    • Up: Increase volume
    • Down: Decrease volume
    • Home: Restart video
    • End: Go to the end of the video
    • Space bar: Pause/play video
    • F: Fullscreen
You can also click on the number keys to choose certain parts of the video. For example, 2 = 20% into the video, 5 = 50% into the video. To demonstrate this, Lynx released a slightly risqué video last year, utilising this function:



Video (with sound):

So What?: YouTube is the most popular video websites around, thanks to their simple video player mechanics. Learn to use these short-cuts for a more dynamic experience, and wow your friends by showing them how you can utilise your keyboard as a YouTube accessory..

Written By Andrew Davis

Andrew Davis is a leading social media authority and one of the most experienced social media trainers in the UK. He works with small businesses through to global brands and shows them how to effectively use social media to meet their business needs and save time. His career spans 12 years in digital and he has spent much of his recent career focused on the impact of social media. You can find him on LinkedIn and Google+

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