52 Shortcuts for VLC Media Player

Jump to: Most used, Mouse actions, Movie Navigation, Jump in playback, Manage VLC, Playlists, and Special Commands

1. Most used

F

Fullscreen

Space

Pause or play movie

S

Subtitles on/off

B

Audio track cycle

Ctrl+Arrow Up/Ctrl+Arrow Down

Volume

2. Mouse actions

Double click

Fullscreen

Scroll

Volume or Position (see settings)

Right click

Local menu (play controls, audio/video)

3. 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)

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 time

E

Next Frame. Advance forward frame-by-frame

4. Jump in playback

Command+Ctrl+Arrow Left/Arrow Right

Very short jump (3 seconds) default

Command+Alt+Arrow Left/Arrow Right

Short jump (10 seconds) default

Command+Shift+Arrow Left/Arrow Right

Medium jump (1 minute) default

Command+Alt+Shift+Arrow Left/Arrow Right

Long jump (5 minutes) default

5. 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

F11

Window full-screen (not equal to pressing F)

Alt+F4, Alt+q or Ctrl+Q

Quit VLC

Created by admin on 7/8/2013. Last updated by brainspaghetti on 8/12/2015

 

43 Comments for 'VLC Media Player '   

 
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Comment #43 by Matt Aug 29, 2016 at 02:28 pm  Reply

Keyboard shortcuts--lowercase "e" will advance the video one frame. Is there a keyboards shortcut that will "go back" one frame?

Comment #42 by N M Jun 18, 2016 at 05:13 am  Reply

Is there any shortcut to open subtitle window? Please help

Comment #41 by Peter Jun 17, 2016 at 10:43 pm  Reply

Hi. It seems the default transport controls for various Media Players all work differently. I use J River's Media Player to manage my Music Library, (which I love) but if I want to play something quickly and not contaminate my library I use VLC Player. When a song is playing ... I expect the "Previous" button to go back to the song start on the first press and go to the previous track on the second press. I can't figure out how to get this to happen with VLC player. Hoping someone can help me. Cheers Peter.

Comment #40 by vikas kumar May 30, 2016 at 08:20 am  Reply

Thanks for this list... Kuch jano

Comment #39 by François Mar 10, 2016 at 10:09 am  Reply

To add: p Play previous movie/song from playlist To edit: n Play next movie/song from playlist

Comment #38 by Bill Feb 3, 2016 at 07:43 am  Reply

Shift-S will take a snapshot of the screen

Comment #37 by Mark Dec 16, 2015 at 09:10 am  Reply

You need to have a reverse play feature. Hit the "left arrow" to reverse at play speed. Hit the "up arrow" to reverse at half speed.

Comment #36 by Tad Dec 10, 2015 at 03:48 am  Reply

S is used for Stopping the movie, not for subtitles. For subtitles there's V key.

Reply #1 admin Dec 10, 2015 at 08:56 am

thanks for clarification; i had the 's' as an alternate for Subtitles which i am taking out.

Comment #35 by ian Nov 15, 2015 at 07:37 am  Reply

After I press ctrl right arrow to move a minute ahead I press the space bar to play and nothing happens. What's the problem?

Comment #34 by vinod kumar Oct 11, 2015 at 02:05 am  Reply

How to rotate screen in vlc player...plz tell me short cut key

Comment #33 by stu Sep 21, 2015 at 01:00 pm  Reply

I have a vlc install with a failed skin install. It is switched to the skin and nothing displays except the taskbar icon. Id love a shortcut to find how to break it out of this mess rather than having to un/re install.

Reply #1 sandy Oct 17, 2016 at 01:15 pm

Check "Tools > Preferences > Interface" and look to see if "Start in Minimal View Mode" is checked, and uncheck if so. Maybe what you are seeing.

Comment #32 by Michael Aug 9, 2015 at 06:42 pm  Reply

I would like a next chapter/title keyboard shortcut the "n" one goes to the next file the one i want is for use within files them self you have a button for it already

Comment #31 by Ammu Jun 12, 2015 at 01:36 pm  Reply

Use Shift+R to Record.

Comment #30 by Vinod Kumar May 25, 2015 at 02:25 am  Reply

Its really a way to learn high command line in few shortcut way

Comment #29 by NAGENDRA SINGH SHEKHAWAT May 16, 2015 at 11:55 am  Reply

this is all shortcuts keys is very useful thanks!

Comment #28 by Kailas V Apr 27, 2015 at 10:58 am  Reply

thanks it is very helpful

Comment #27 by muffdiver Mar 5, 2015 at 11:09 am  Reply

Is it possible to loop from point A to point B from the keypad?

Comment #26 by CHATHURANGA Dec 29, 2014 at 05:32 am  Reply

Thank you, its very helpful

Comment #25 by RASTAMIKE Oct 13, 2014 at 09:07 pm  Reply

THANK YOU. VERY HELPFUL.

Comment #24 by Esmail Oct 7, 2014 at 06:17 am  Reply

How can I change the default name of the snapshot?
When I take a snapshot, it is saved like this (for example):
vlcsnap-2012-08-13-01h32m09s39
How can I change it some way that next time I take a snapshot, the name of it be like this: the name of the video+time+date

Reply #1 Sandy Oct 17, 2016 at 01:06 pm

You can do some settings to do with that here: Tools > Preferences >Video Settings > Video Snapshots

Comment #23 by Adarsh Sep 30, 2014 at 03:33 am  Reply

Hi,

If you use free app VLC Mobile Remote on Android and Windows Phone, you will never have to think about VLC keyboard shortcuts again. It has all the basic features such as play, forward, full screen, file selection and advanced controls crop, aspect ratio, screenshot, subtitle, audio delay sync and many more features. App download link - http://app.lk/AXC

Comment #22 by Merbin joe Aug 24, 2014 at 12:53 pm  Reply

List of VLC player Shortcut Keys http://allinworld99.blogspot.com/2014/08/vlc-player-shortcuts.html

Comment #21 by basem Saba May 8, 2014 at 09:53 am  Reply

How to minimize in VLC Media Player

Comment #20 by dipen May 1, 2014 at 01:45 am  Reply

how to take screen shot ??????

Reply #1 admin May 1, 2014 at 01:20 pm

MAC OS X: Command+Alt+s,
Windows,Linux, and Unix: Shift+s.

adding to list.

Comment #19 by kj5wi Apr 11, 2014 at 09:33 pm  Reply

Looking at the VLC shortcut list I did not see the fine speed control shortcuts which allow a 0.10 speerd change more usefull to a dance group such as cloggers. The shortcuts are [ & ] but only wortk when something is loaded into VLC.

Comment #18 by guy Apr 7, 2014 at 02:39 am  Reply

Great list. One addition could be use "E" key to advance one frame at a time while paused, great for brief nudity, gore, and explosions and the like.

Reply #1 admin Jun 27, 2014 at 06:09 pm

good one; that was missing. just added. thanks

Comment #17 by yoav Mar 22, 2014 at 02:42 pm  Reply

you can add F1/F2 Decrease subtitle delay / Increase subtitle delay

Comment #16 by Dani Dec 8, 2013 at 12:52 am  Reply

You are freaking awesome! I've been trying to figure out what key I've been accidentally pressing to make videos speed up :P

Comment #15 by Nacho Monreal Sep 29, 2013 at 01:26 pm  Reply

STOP FUCKING SHOUTING RAJU!

Use CTRL + Shift + Z/X

Your welcome

Comment #14 by RAJU SHAHA Aug 11, 2013 at 09:11 am  Reply

HELLO DEAR SIR/OR/MADAM I AM USING VLC MEDIA PLAYER ON MY ALL IN ONE HP PC WHEN I AM ON ONTER PROGRAN THEN I WANT SHORTCUT KEY FOR CHANGE SONGS

Comment #13 by kenneth Jul 8, 2013 at 06:26 am  Reply

thank u for this bro!

Comment #12 by tommytee Jul 7, 2013 at 04:27 pm  Reply

The key v does not turn on or off subtitles. (OS X Snow Leopard)

I would love to know a key that does.

Reply #1 tommytee Jul 7, 2013 at 04:31 pm

Found it. it is: s

Comment #11 by curter Apr 9, 2013 at 03:39 am  Reply

Is it possible to apply smooth scrolling on vlc volume ? sometimes if i scroll down once, it decreases more and if i scroll up, it increases more than i need, so i think there should be a way of applying smooth scrolling...

Comment #10 by harihar Mar 9, 2013 at 02:45 am  Reply

thAnks for this wonderful info.

Comment #9 by Akash Pareek Mar 8, 2013 at 06:59 am  Reply

How to minimize to tray in vlc media player please tell someone.

Comment #8 by Eva Mar 3, 2013 at 04:55 pm  Reply

What do you mean by "Left" and "Right" in "Jump in Playback" shortcuts? What keys are you referring to?

Reply #1 admin Mar 4, 2013 at 02:23 pm

Good point asking for clarification. It was supposed to say 'arrow left', and 'arrow right'. I corrected the Shortcut page. Thanks for pointing it out!

Comment #7 by Sunny Jan 2, 2013 at 02:40 am  Reply

For shortcut keys in vlc player;
open vlc player and go to
Tools>preferences>hotkeys.

Comment #6 by kaviyarasu Sep 28, 2012 at 12:36 am  Reply

thanks

Comment #5 by jjdoe Jul 10, 2012 at 09:55 am  Reply

I think the increase decrease audio delay and increase decrease subtile delay are reversed

Reply #2 Jon Sep 28, 2013 at 09:27 pm

Still reversed....

Reply #1 admin Jul 10, 2012 at 02:26 pm

fixed. thx!

Comment #4 by Lokesh Jena May 24, 2012 at 01:13 am  Reply

vary needfull for palying Vlc

Comment #3 by Anne Crawford May 15, 2012 at 09:41 pm  Reply

Very good. Have just typed up minutes without having to use my mouse at all. I agree with Alex - it would be great to have this on the player menu.

Comment #2 by Alex Mar 25, 2012 at 12:42 pm  Reply

Would be really awesome to have this listed in the Menu of the player itself.
So noone needs to google for the Fullscreen shortcut.

Comment #1 by Priyanka Jan 28, 2012 at 12:23 pm  Reply

nice Shortcuts key working for vlc

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