YouTube Hotkeys And Shortcuts

YouTube Usage

YouTube has over a billion users — almost one-third of all people on the Internet — and every day people watch hundreds of millions of hours on YouTube and generate billions of views.

YouTube overall, and even YouTube on mobile alone, reaches more 18-34 and 18-49 year-olds than any cable network in the U.S. ~ Source: YouTube Statistics

Given these extraordinary numbers it is likely that you, the reader, spend at least a little bit of time watching a YouTube video, maybe every day. I know I do.

YouTube Hotkeys

I love Hotkeys. I love them because it means I don’t have to bounce back and forth between the keyboard and mouse all day long to get simple things done. If my hands are already on the keyboard, it’s nice to just keep them there.

It is rare that you’ll find a program, whether it be an online utility or a full-blown desktop application, that does not incorporate a Hotkey system of some sort. If you’ve ever used the key combinations CTRL+X, CTRL+C, and CTRL+V, then you have used Hotkeys and you know how they work. Windows itself has a gazillion of them, as does the online mail program you know as Gmail, and YouTube is no different.

YouTube has Hotkeys which are specialized for TVs and hand-held devices. The following short-list works on your desktop computer:

YouTube Hotkeys

Type ThisTo Do This
KPause Video
J or LReverse/Forward by 10 Seconds
Up/Down ArrowIncrease/Decrease Volume
Left/Right ArrowReverse/Forward by 5 Seconds
Numbers 1 – 9Equals 10% – 90% Video Position (Use 0 for Beginning)
Less than(<)/Greater than(>)Slow Down/Speed Up Video
Comma/PeriodReverse/Forward by Single Frame

Here’s a quick video that demonstrates some of the other Shortcuts available to you:

This young fella maybe had a lot of coffee before submitting this? It’s all good; it’s fun and informative. And fast.

I hope this helps you to keep  your hands on the keyboard. It’s really a more productive way to work,


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