VLC Media Player Shortcuts

VLC Media Player is often known as the KING player because of its ability to play almost anything you throw on it. In many cases, people use VLC to play broken files retrieved from a failed memory card. I’ve also experienced the exact same situation which all data in my camera memory card was accidentally deleted. I used card recovery to recover what had been deleted but the recovered files are broken and are in the format of big JPG even though it was originally a video file. Surprisingly, I was able to play it in VLC! So, if you have anything that is unplayable in other players, try it on VLC, it might work.


Below is a list of VLC Media Player Keyboard Shortcuts that I wanted to share with you.

Table of Contents:

  1. Most used
  2. Mouse actions
  3. Movie Navigation
  4. Jump in playback
  5. Manage VLC, Playlists, and Special Commands

 Most used

F Fullscreen
Space Pause or play movie
S Subtitles on/off
B Audio track cycle
Ctrl+Arrow Up/Ctrl+Arrow Down Volume

 Mouse actions

Double click Fullscreen
Scroll Volume or Position (see settings)
Right click Local menu (play controls, audio/video)

 Movie Navigation

Ctrl+D Open disc menu
Ctrl+F Open folder (browse folder menu)
Ctrl+R/Ctrl+S Advanced open file
Ctrl+O Open single file(s)
Shift-M Go to the DVD menu
Shift-O Select previous DVD title
Shift-B Select next DVD title
Shift-P Select prev DVD chapter
Shift-N Select next DVD chapter
Shift-S Take video snapshot
Shift-R Record
M Mute and unmute audio
P Play movie (from the very beginning)
S Stop movie
Esc Exit full screen mode
[+]/-/= Faster, slower, normal
A Aspect ratio
C Crop screen
G/H Decrease subtitle delay / Increase subtitle delay
J/K Decrease audio delay / Increase audio delay
Z Change zoom mode
Ctrl+1, Ctrl+2, Ctrl+3, Ctrl+4 Recent media (in Media – Recent media menu)
T Show time
Ctrl+T Goto tim

Jump in playback

Shift+Arrow Left/Arrow Right Very short jump (3 seconds)
Alt+Arrow Left/Arrow Right Short jump (10 seconds)
Ctrl+Arrow Left/Arrow Right Medium jump (1 minute)
Ctrl+Alt+Arrow Left/Arrow Right Long jump

Manage VLC, Playlists, and Special Commands

Ctrl+H Hide / unhide controls
Ctrl+P Preferences/ interface settings
Ctrl+E Adjustments and audio/video effects
Ctrl+B Edit bookmarks
Ctrl+M Open messages
Ctrl+N Open network
Ctrl+C Open captue device
Ctrl+L Open playlist
Ctrl+Y Save playlist
Ctrl+I/Ctrl+J Media information
Alt+A Open audio menu
Alt+H Open help menu
Alt+M Open media menu
Alt+P Open playlist menu
Alt+T Open tool menu
Alt+V Open video menu
Alt+L Open playback menu
D Show movie path
N Play next movie from playlist
F1 Show Help
Alt+F4, Alt+q or Ctrl+Q Quit VLC

All the above VLC Media Player Keyboard Shortcuts are the default keys set, they are not fixed. You can change them easily via Tools -> Preferences -> Hotkeys if you want to.

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