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Must-Know Essential VLC Media Player Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows

Do you use VLC Media Player? Here are all the quick keyboard shortcuts you should know.

VLC Media Player is not only the best program for playing videos and music, but it’s also free and open source. One of the great things about VLC Media Player is that it supports so many different types of media files out of the box. If you use VLC Media Player, you should know all the keyboard shortcuts so that you can quickly control media, open menus, and navigate through the program.

Must-Know Essential VLC Media Player Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows

Must-Know Essential VLC Media Player Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows

That’s why we’ve put together this article that contains all the Windows shortcuts you need to know for VLC Media Player.

Table of contents

Menus and Settings


Play/pause Space
Stop S
Faster +
Faster (fine) ]
Slower (fine) [
Normal rate =
Back 3 seconds Shift + Left arrow
Forward 3 seconds Shift + Right arrow
Back 10 seconds Alt + Left arrow
Forward 10 seconds Alt + Right arrow
Back 1 minute Control + Left arrow
Forward 1 minute Control + Right arrow
Back 5 minute Control + Alt + Left arrow
Forward 5 minutes Control + Alt + Right arrow
Next track N
Previous track P
Position/time T
Normal/loop/repeat L
Next frame E
Disc menu Shift + M
Previous title Shift + O
Next title Shift + B
Previous chapter Shift + P
Next chapter Shift + N
Quit Shift + Q
VLC Player Shortcuts for Playback


Decrease audio delay J
Cycle audio track B
Cycle audio device Shift + A
Increase volume Ctrl + Up arrow
Decrease volume Ctrl + Down arrow
Mute M
VLC Player Shortcuts for Audio


Show controller in fullscreen I
Zoom Z
Reset zoom Shift+ Z
Toggle fullscreen F
Leave fullscreen/close dialogue Escape
Shrink the viewpoint Page Up
Expand the viewpoint Page Down
1:4 quarter crop Alt + 1
1:2 half crop Alt + 2
1:1 original crop Alt + 3
2:1 double crop Alt + 4
Cycle aspect ratio A
Cycle cropping ratio C
Toggle autoscaling O
Increase scale factor Alt + O
Decrease scale factor Alt + Shift + O
Toggle deinterlacing D
Cycle deinterlace modes Shift + D
VLC Play Shortcuts for Display


Set playlist bookmark 1 – 10 Ctrl + F1 – F10
Play playlist bookmark 1 – 10 F1 – F10
Clear the playlist Ctrl + W
Save playlist Ctrl + Y
VLC Player Shortcuts for Playlists


Reset subtitles scale Ctrl + O
Scale down subtitles text Ctrl + Mouse wheel up
Scale up subtitles text Ctrl + Mouse wheel down
Increase subtitles delay H
Decreases subtitles delay G
Sync subtitles Shift + H
Cycle subtitle track in reverse order Alt + V
Cycle subtitle track V
Toggle subtitles Shift + V
VLC Player Shortcuts for Subtitles
Bookmarks Ctrl + B
Open capture device Ctrl + C
Open disc Ctrl + D
Extended settings Ctrl + E
Open folder Ctrl + F
Hide/show menus Ctrl + H
Media information Ctrl + I
Codecs information Ctrl + J
Hide/show playlist Ctrl + L
Messages Ctrl + M
Open network stream Ctrl + N
Open file Ctrl + O
Preferences Ctrl + P
Convert/save Ctrl + R
Streaming Ctrl + S
Go to time Ctrl + T
Paste location/MRL Ctrl + V
VLM configurator Ctrl + Shift + W
Audio menu Alt + A
Help menu Alt + H
View menu Alt + I
Playback menu Alt + L
Media menu Alt + M
Tools menu Alt + S
Subtitle menu Alt + T
Snapshot Shift + S
Record Shift + R
Random R
Select menu entry (DVD) Enter
Navigate menus (DVD) Arrow keys
VLC Player Shortcuts for Menus and Settings

Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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