Are you using your mouse to help you view Youtube videos? Most all of us will answer this question with a resounding “YES”. Perhaps its time to cross-over to the keyboard. I recently discovered YouTube has keyboard shortcuts to control its video player. I’d been clicking my way through a heap of videos. Using my mouse to control the viewing session was not fluid. For example, when I’d try to click forward or backward to a specific spot I’d invariably go too far. Mouse navigation simply lacked the precision and efficiency I desired in my Youtube viewing experience. So when I discovered the keyboard shortcuts I thought I’d give it a go at committing them to memory. I’m finding that old habits die hard “click, click”. Yet, with a little more practice, I’m sure I’ll be reaping the benefits of a more streamlined Youtube viewing experience soon. Have a look below and perhaps you too will cross-over to the keyboard!

Famous Five Tips

Below is a short pro tips video authored by Youtube. In it, Brook highlights five of his favorite keyboard shortcut tips. Take particular note of the SHIFT+? shortcut as it is used to bring up the entire list of keyboard shortcuts. While watching this video I noticed the “Total Beginners Guide to Video Editing” playing in the background. Curious, I pushed “K” for pause, and jumped on a new tab to check it out. From there I followed the link to Youtube Creators channel and jackpot! I found bunches of juicy content creation tips and how-tos. I’m sure I’ll get a lot of keyboard shortcut practice perusing videos on their channel!

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Keyboard Shortcut List

Big 21 Tips

Tim Schmoyer over at Video Creators on Youtube posts his big twenty-one list of keyboard shortcuts. He walks through each shortcut and offers up good examples of when and how to use each shortcut.

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Getting the hang of using the keyboard shortcuts will take a bit. But, with what little practice I’ve had, I’m already navigating Youtube videos with more ease and precision.

So, go ahead and give those keyboard shortcuts a go next time you fire up Youtube and start streamlining your viewing experience too!


Vince has worked as Studio Engineer for consumer and medical product brands such as Whirlpool, Newell and ResMed Ltd. Australia. He's garnered 39+ patents and has designed everything from totes to toasters, and fiddles to furniture. He enjoys all things 3D and has carved out a niche as a Class-A Surfacing Guru. Active in both industry and academia, Vince serves as a Creative and Technical Skill Development Coach providing hands-on training and workshops pertaining to CAID/CAD. Vince relishes opportunities to keep learning and sharing what he's learned!