30 Must Know YouTube Keyboard Shortcuts

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  1. Show (most) shortcuts: Shift+?
  2. Pressing K on your keyboard with both start and stop the video playback.
  3. Pressing the space bar also does the same thing: play and pause.
  4. To skip 10 seconds forward in a video, press L.
  5. If you want to skip back 10 seconds, press J.
  6. To skip to the next video, press Shift N. Now when I say skip to the next video, it will either play the next video in the playlist you are currently watching or the Up Next video in the suggested video column.
  7. To play the previous video, press Shift P although this only seemed to work for me when I was watching a playlist.
  8. If you want to hit an exact frame on a video, first of all pause a video and then tap the period or full-stop key to inch forward frame by frame.
  9. To inch backwards frame by frame, press the comma key.
  10. If you want to increase the playback speed of a video, press Shift period. You can take this all the way up to double speed.
  11. To slow down a video, press Shift comma, and you can take this all the way down to a quarter speed.
  12. You can skip through a video in 10% increments using the number keys. For example, pressing five will take you 50% into the video. Press nine to go 90% into the video.
  13. Pressing zero will take you back to the beginning of the video.
  14. To turn captions or subtitles on or off on videos, press C.
  15. To rotate through the brightness of a text, press O.
  16. To rotate through the transparency of the caption backgrounds, press W.
  17. To decrease the font size, use the minus key.
  18. And to increase the font size of the subtitles and captions, use the plus key.
  19. For 360 VR: W, A, S, D are your camera pan controls that allow you 360 degree views of the VR video.
  20. For 360/VR : the plus button zooms in
  21. For 360/VR : the minus button zooms out
  22. The plus and minus buttons serve as your zoom in and zoom out controls
  23. M will mute and unmute your videos and there are three controls to change video playback size.
  24. F will put the video in and out of full-screen mode.
  25. T will put the video in and out of theater mode.
  26. And finally, I will put the video into mini-player mode which takes you out of the video watch page as well.
  27. Increase volume 5%: Up arrow
  28. Decrease volume 5%: Down arrow
  29. Skip back 5 seconds: Left arrow
  30. Go forward 5 seconds: Right arrow

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