VLC Media Player Keyboard Shortcuts

VLC Media Player is one of my favorite media player. It is one of the best media player which is available, can play any media that you throw at it! I know that it doesn’t need any new introduction, so today I am sharing with you the full keyboard shortcuts that I know and use. You don’t have to be rocket-scientist to know that using keyboard shortcuts really helps and makes our life easier and gives us more control! And who wants to fiddle with the mouse and point at any button when you can just press a key or a combination of two to do the job in a fraction of second? ;-) These keyboard shortcuts below work for VLC Media Player 1.0.x and will/may also work with the previous versions and the latest versions seamlessly. If I missed any or if I mistyped any keyboard shortcuts don’t hesitate to tell me using the comments below. Happy controlling VLC!


Shortcuts for navigation while playing movie with VLC
CTRL + F Open folder
CTRL + D Open disc menu
CTRL + R or CTRL + S Advanced open file
CTRL + O Open single file/files
CTRL + Up Arrow or CTRL + Down Arrow Increase/Decrease Volume
F Switch from/to Fullscreen
M Mute and Unmute Audio
V Show, Switch, or Hide Movie Subtitles
Space Bar Pause or Play the Movie
P Play the Movie (from the very beginning)
S Stop Playing the Movie
SHIFT +Left Arrow or SHIFT + Right Arrow Fast Rewind or Fast Forward by 3 seconds
ALT + Left Arrow or ALT + Right Arrow Fast Rewind or Fast Forward by 10 seconds
CTRL + Left Arrow or CTRL + Right Arrow Fast Rewind or Fast Forward by 1 minute
ESC Exit the Fullscreen mode
+ or Play the movie faster or slower
A Change the aspect ratio
B Change Audio/Language track
C Crop screen
G or H Increase or Decrease subtitle delay
J or K Increase or Decrease audio delay
Z Change Zoom
CTRL + 1 or CTRL + 2 or CTRL + 3 or CTRL + 4 Change the zoom mode
T Show time
CTRL + T Go to time
Shortcuts to manage VLC Player, Playlists and for using some Special Commands
CTRL + H Hide/Unhide Controls
CTRL + P VLC Player Preferences
CTRL + E Adjust Audio/Video Effects
CTRL + B Edit Bookmarks
CTRL + M Open Messages
CTRL + N Open Network
CTRL + C Open the Capturing Device
CTRL + L Open Playlist
CTRL + Y Save Playlist
CTRL + I or CTRL + J Media Information
ALT + A Audio menu
ALT + H Help menu
ALT + M Media menu
ALT + P Playlist menu
ALT + T Tool menu
ALT + V Video menu
ALT + L Playback menu
D Show the Movie path
N Play Next Movie from Playlist
F1 Help
F11 Switch Window to/from Fullscreen Mode
ALT + F4 Quit VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player for Mac users can find most of the keyboard shortcuts by taking a look at the menus. Additional hotkeys are defined in the section “Hotkeys” of your VLC preferences.
Some handy keyboard shortcuts are as follows (courtesy VideoLAN Wiki):

  • Press the spacebar to start/pause the video.
  • When playing video, holding down the Apple key and pressing the F key enters and exits fullscreen. When in fullscreen you can also use the escape key to exit the fullscreen state.
  • When playing video, holding the Apple and Shift keys and pressing the left/right arrow keys, jumps the video backward/forward about a minute.
  • When playing video, holding the Apple and Ctrl keys and pressing the left/right arrow keys, jumps the video backward/forward about ten seconds.
  • When you are watching a DVD and the video window is the front-most window you can use the arrow keys and the enter key to navigate the DVD menus.
  • F – Decrease Audio Delay in milliseconds
  • G – Increase Audio Delay in milliseconds
  • H – Decrease Subtitle Delay
  • J – Increase Subtitle Delay

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