50 Kodi Keyboard Shortcuts You Really Need to Know

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Enjoying your favorite shows, movies and music streamed via your Kodi box? Perhaps you’re happily playing retro video games How to Enjoy Retro Games on Your Kodi Box With the ROM Collection Browser How to Enjoy Retro Games on Your Kodi Box With the ROM Collection Browser If you're into retro gaming, your Kodi box and the Rom Collection Browser can be incredibly useful! Here's how to use your Kodi device to start playing retro games today! Read More on it? Either way, you’re probably using a remote control app on your iPhone or Android to interact with the media center software.

As convenient as this is, however, there is another way to control Kodi: a keyboard.

You don’t even have to rely on a wired device, as plenty of Bluetooth and wireless keyboards The 10 Best Wireless All-in-One Keyboards for Mac and PC The 10 Best Wireless All-in-One Keyboards for Mac and PC Wireless all-in-one keyboards can turn any boring computer into an exciting home theater PC. Which one should you buy? Read More are available online (although you may prefer to avoid buying a Bluetooth keyboard 6 Reasons Why You Should NOT Buy a Bluetooth Keyboard 6 Reasons Why You Should NOT Buy a Bluetooth Keyboard Before you commit to buying a Bluetooth keyboard, consider these drawbacks and issues that may cause you to change your mind. Read More for various reasons). However, once you have a keyboard connected, you’ll need to know how to navigate Kodi, fast and efficiently. Which is where our list of 50 Kodi keyboard shortcuts will prove invaluable.

Browsing the Kodi Environment

The Kodi user interface can be quickly navigated using the arrow keys on your keyboard.

Kodi Keyboard Shortcut Arrows

  • Arrow keys — Move left, right, up, and down in menus in Kodi.
  • Enter — Select the currently highlighted option.

More effective navigation of Kodi can be achieved by selecting an alternative from the many skins and themes that are available for the media center software.

Kodi Keyboard Shortcuts for Live TV

Next, live TV controls, useful for navigating the digital wave of television channels that you’re piping into your Kodi media center. Naturally, you’ll need a TV adapter card installed and configured in order to watch live broadcast TV in Kodi How to Watch Live Broadcast TV Using Kodi and NextPVR How to Watch Live Broadcast TV Using Kodi and NextPVR Watch and record broadcast TV, free of charge, using your PC. It's perfectly legal, and a free Windows program called NextPVR makes the process (relatively) simple. Read More .

In alphabetical order, you should be aware of:

  • B — Schedule recordings in live TV.
  • E — Open the EPG (electronic program guide).
  • H — Live TV channels window.
  • J — Live radio channels window.
  • K — Live TV recordings window.

Meanwhile the 0 (zero) key will toggle between the last two viewed live TV channels, and you can use I to view information about the selected TV show.

Finally, the arrow keys can be used to browse the channels. Up and Down moves up and down through the channel list, while Left and Right jumps between channel groups.

Control Your Media Playback

Playing videos? Streaming media from the web, or another device on your network? You’ll need to know the keyboard shortcuts for media playback — they’re better than a touchscreen remote control app!

  • P — This will play the video.
  • X — Stops video playback.
  • Space bar — Pause/Play toggle. This is pretty much a universal control, and the same shortcut you’ll find in other media players, and even YouTube.

Kodi Keyboard Shortcuts Forward

Do you need to review the material you’re watching, or skip back and forth through it? While there’s no skip-to-next chapter option in Kodi, you can still wind back and forth through your files, like an old-style video player.

Kodi Keyboard Shortcuts Console

  • F — Fast forward. How you use this depends on how fast you want to proceed through the video. Press it once and the video will fast forward at 2x speed; press it twice for 4x, etc.
  • Right arrow — Skips forward through the media file in 30-second increments.
  • R — This rewinds the video, and can be tapped multiple times for faster rewinding.
  • Left arrow — Skips back through the video in 30-second increments.

Audio Control Shortcuts

Want to turn things up a bit? Surround sound is more effective when you increase the volume, and you can do this using your keyboard.

Kodi Keyboard Shortcuts Audio Offset

  • +/- (plus and minus symbols) — Volume can be increased or reduced during video streaming, live TV, or audio playback.
  • F8 — Mute playback.
  • A — Audio delay. If the audio and video of the file you’re watching isn’t in sync, use this key to adjust the delay. This should bring the video back into sync.

These controls are also useful when playing back music or even podcasts. For an idea of the things you can do with Kodi beyond its built-in functions, check out our guide to the best Kodi add-ons How to Make Your Kodi Media Center Even More Amazing How to Make Your Kodi Media Center Even More Amazing Kodi is capable of far more than even its designers imagined. So, we dug deep and discovered 10 fascinating ways to make your Kodi media center even better. Behold, some awesome tips for Kodi fans... Read More .

Manipulate Your Kodi Display

Want to adjust how Kodi displays your media? These keyboard controls will help.

Kodi Keyboard Shortcuts Resolution

  • \ — The backslash key (usually found next to the left Shift key) will toggle between full-screen and windowed mode. In windowed mode, you can access other apps, software, or even your file manager.
  • Z — This changes the aspect ratio of the current video, cycling through various ratios and resolutions. Press this until the picture looks right.
  • Ctrl + S — Kodi also supports the capturing of screenshots, which will save to a preferred location selected after the first use.

Use These Shortcuts to View Pictures

Your default use for Kodi is probably for watching live TV or recorded/streamed video files, but the media center software is also adept at displaying photos and images. Naturally, several options are available for playing these back and browsing through your image library.

  • +/- — In picture viewing mode, the volume controls become zoom controls, with + zooming in and – zooming out.
  • 1–9 — Via keys 1 through 9, you can zoom in and out of images, with 9 providing the greatest degree of magnification.
  • . and , (period and comma) — You can browse back and forth through the images using the period and comma keys.

Other Important Shortcuts

Along with the keyboard shortcuts for controlling your media, Kodi also provides a collection of other single-stroke commands for other functions.

Kodi Keyboard Shortcuts Shutdown

  • Esc — The Escape key will take you back to the previous menu, or to the home screen.
  • S — Displays the shutdown menu. Here you can exit the software, as well as shutdown or hibernate the host system (such as Windows or Mac OS X).
  • Windows key — Need to view the Windows desktop, or access the Start menu/Start screen? Use the Windows key.

Using OS X? Exclusive Keyboard Shortcuts for Mac

So far we’ve looked at commands that are pretty much cross-platform. But if you’re using Kodi on a Mac, some of the aforementioned shortcut keys may not work. If this is the case, these Mac-only Kodi shortcuts should be employed instead.

  • Cmd + Q — Quit out of Kodi.
  • Cmd + H / Cmd + M — Hide/minimize Kodi to the OS X dock.
  • Cmd + F — Toggle fullscreen view.
  • Cmd + S — Take a screenshot.

Modify Your Kodi Keymap Files

If you’re happy to use the keyboard, but aren’t happy with the way the keys are mapped, you can customize this with a Kodi add-on called Keymap Editor. To install this, go to Settings > Add-ons and select Install from repository (Get add-ons in older versions).

Kodi Keyboard Shortcuts Addons

From here, find the Kodi add-on repository, then Program Add-ons and select Keymap Editor. Click Install to continue, and a few moments later the tool will be available to configure via Programs > Add-ons. Remember to save the file once you’re done — you’ll be able to reuse the configuration, which will be saved as an XML file, in the userdata folder. On Windows, this is found by pressing Windows + R and entering %APPDATA%\kodi\userdata — hit Enter to open the folder. For keymap locations on other platforms, check this Kodi wiki page.

With these 50 Kodi keyboard shortcuts, you’ll find that you have everything you need for fast and effective interaction with the media center software. While a Kodi remote smartphone app The 3 Best Free XBMC Remote Apps For iPhone & iPad The 3 Best Free XBMC Remote Apps For iPhone & iPad One of the best things about XBMC is its compatibility with remote control applications, of which there are no shortage on the App Store. Today we’ll be taking a look at the best free remotes... Read More is useful, it isn’t quite as quick as using a keyboard — although you might prefer to use Chrome No Remote? No Problem. Use Chrome to Control Your XBMC Media Center No Remote? No Problem. Use Chrome to Control Your XBMC Media Center Use Chrome to completely control XBMC. Whether you want to browse and play your media or send a video you're watching on your laptop to your media center, a variety of extensions and tricks lets... Read More .

What do you think? Do you prefer using keyboard shortcuts to using a remote? Have you configured your own Kodi keyboard shortcuts? Please share your configurations, tips, and thoughts in general in the comments below!

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  1. ADS
    June 16, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Which Kodi Skin are you using? Looks elegant.

    • AlmightyHeretic
      September 17, 2017 at 1:58 pm

      Pretty sure it's the Amber skin.