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Out of all the awesome media players available today The Top 5 Free Media Players for Windows The Top 5 Free Media Players for Windows Strong media player apps always rise to the top and it's not important which one you use. The best media player for you is the one you most enjoy using. We suggest the following... Read More , VLC Media Player consistently ranks at the top in terms of features and popularity. And while there are a lot of advanced VLC features you should be using 7 Top Secret Features Of The Free VLC Media Player 7 Top Secret Features Of The Free VLC Media Player That VLC pretty much plays everything that you throw at it is old news. It is also a media genie when it comes to other things apart from playing movies. We looked at some of... Read More , don’t forget about the very basics.

VLC Media Player is so much better once you learn all of the important keyboard shortcuts that are built right into the program. Not only can they make you faster and more efficient, but shortcuts are simply more comfortable than dragging your mouse around everywhere.


Whether VLC Media Player is your primary or backup player, here are the most useful shortcuts that you should commit to memory:

  • Spacebar: Play/Pause the video.
  • A: Change the aspect ration of the video.
  • F: Enter full screen mode. Exit with Escape key.
  • M: Mute and unmute the audio.
  • P: Play the video from the very beginning.
  • S: Stop the video completely.
  • V: Toggle subtitles on/off (if subtitles are available).
  • Ctrl + H: Hide the interface and only show video.
  • Ctrl + P: Open the Preferences dialog.
  • Ctrl + W: Quit out of VLC Media Player.
  • Ctrl + Up: Increase volume 5% at a time.
  • Ctrl + Down: Decrease volume 5% at a time.

And don’t forget the playback shortcuts:

  • Ctrl + Right: Jump 1 minute forward.
  • Ctrl + Left: Jump 1 minute backward.
  • Alt + Right: Jump 10 seconds forward.
  • Alt + Left: Jump 10 seconds backward.
  • Shift + Right: Jump 3 seconds forward.
  • Shift + Left: Jump 3 seconds backward.

Once you’ve internalized these, keep going with these lesser-known VLC features 6 More VLC Media Player Features You Must Try 6 More VLC Media Player Features You Must Try VLC is a media player more powerful than you might realize. Are you using it to its full potential? Here are some pointers. Read More that you may have overlooked.

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Which VLC keyboard shortcuts do you use most often? Are there any that we overlooked? Tell us in the comments below!

  1. Kevin
    October 19, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Your info on bit-rate is in correct. Amazon tips out at 256Kbps for mp3 bitrate.

  2. Jaquesman
    February 17, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    How about shortcuts for the Mac... These are only Windows shortcuts...

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