VLC Media Player Keyboard Shortcuts Cheatsheet ⭐️

VLC is the ultimate open source media player. It will play any video format you throw at it, and it’s widely available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. If you use VLC a lot and are interested in becoming more proficient with the tool, you should check out these VLC keyboard shortcuts.

One of the great things about VLC is that most of the keyboard shortcuts are single keys. There may be some that are a combo, but many of the most critical ones are just one key. If you ever forget these, you can find them in the “Hotkeys” section of your preferences menu in VLC.

Function macOS Windows / Linux
Fullscreen Cmd +f f
Exit fullscreen Esc Esc
Play/pause Spacebar Spacebar
Pause only Not set by default Media pause
Play only Not set by default Media play
Faster Cmd + = +
Slower Cmd + –
Normal rate Not set by default =
Faster (fine Not set by default ]
Slower (fine) Not set by default [
Next Cmd + → n
Previous Cmd + ← p
Stop Cmd s
Position t t
Very short backwards jump Cmd + Ctrl + ← Shift + ←
Very short forward jump Cmd + Ctrl + → Shift + →
Short backwards jump Cmd + Opt + ← Alt + ←
Short forward jump Cmd + Opt + → Alt + →
Medium backwards jump Cmd + Shift + ← Ctrl + ←
Medium forward jump Cmd + Shift + → Ctrl + →
Long backwards jump Cmd + Shift + Opt + ← Ctrl + Alt + ←
Long forward jump Cmd + Shift + Opt + → Ctrl + Alt + →
Next frame e e
Activate Enter Enter
Navigate up Up Up
Navigate down Down Down
Navigate left
Navigate right
Go to DVD menu Ctrl + m Shift + m
Select previous DVD title Ctrl + p Shift + o
Select next DVD title Ctrl + n Shift + b
Select previous DVD chapter Ctrl + u Shift + p
Select next DVD chapter Ctrl + d Shift + n
Quit Cmd + q Ctrl + q
Volume up Cmd + Up Ctrl + Up
Volume down Cmd + Down Ctrl + Down
Mute Cmd + Opt + Down m
Subtitle delay up j h
Subtitle delay down h g
Subtitle sync/bookmark audio timestamp Shift + h Shift + h
Subtitle sync/bookmark subtitle timestamp Shift + j Shift + j
Subtitle sync/synchronize audio & subtitle timestamps Shift + k Shift + k
Subtitle sync/reset audio & subtitle synchronization Cmd + Shift + k Ctrl + Shift + k
Audio delay up g k
Audio delay down f j
Cycle audio track l b
Cycle through audio devices Shift + a Shift + a
Cycle subtitle track in reverse order Opt + s Alt + v
Cycle subtitle track s v
Toggle subtitles Shift + s Shift + v
Cycle next program Service IDx x x
Cycle previous program Service ID Shift + x Shift + x
Cycle source aspect ratio a a
Cycle video crop c c
Toggle autoscaling o o
Increase scale factor Opt + o Alt + o
Decrease scale factor Opt + Shift + o Alt + Shift + o
Toggle deinterlacing d d
Cycle deinterlace modes Shift + d Shift + d
Show controller in fullscreen i i
Context menu Menu Menu
Take video snapshot Cmd + Opt + s Shift + s
Record Cmd + Shift + r Shift + r
Zoom z z
Un-zoom Shift + z Shift + z
Toggle Wallpaper mode in video output Not set by default w
Crop one pixel from the top of the video Opt + i Alt + r
Uncrop one pixel from the top of the video Opt + Shift + i Alt + Shift + r
Crop one pixel from the left of the video Opt + j Alt + d
Uncrop one pixel from the left of the video Opt + Shift + j Alt + Shift + d
Crop one pixel from the bottom of the video Opt + k Alt + c
Uncrop one pixel from the bottom of the video Opt + Shift + k Alt + Shift + c
Crop one pixel from the right of the video Opt + l Alt + f
Uncrop one pixel from the right of the video Opt + Shift + l Alt + Shift + f
Random Cmd + z r
Normal/Loop/Repeat Shift + l l
Shrink the viewpoint field of view (360) Not set by default Page Up
Expand the viewpoint field of view (360) Not set by default Page Down
1:4 quarter Not set by default Alt + 1
1:2 half Cmd + 0 Alt + 2
1:1 original Cmd + 1 Alt + 3
2:1 double Cmd + 2 Alt + 4
Set playlist bookmark 1 Cmd + F1 Ctrl + F1
Set playlist bookmark 2 Cmd + F2 Ctrl + F2
Set playlist bookmark 3 Cmd + F3 Ctrl + F3
Set playlist bookmark 4 Cmd + F4 Ctrl + F4
Set playlist bookmark 5 Cmd + F5 Ctrl + F5
Set playlist bookmark 6 Cmd + F6 Ctrl + F6
Set playlist bookmark 7 Cmd + F7 Ctrl + F7
Set playlist bookmark 8 Cmd + F8 Ctrl + F8
Set playlist bookmark 9 Not set by default Ctrl + F9
Set playlist bookmark 10 Not set by default Ctrl + F10
Play playlist bookmark 1 F1 F1
Play playlist bookmark 2 F2 F2
Play playlist bookmark 3 F3 F3
Play playlist bookmark 4 F4 F4
Play playlist bookmark 5 F5 F5
Play playlist bookmark 6 F6 F6
Play playlist bookmark 7 F7 F7
Play playlist bookmark 8 F8 F8
Play playlist bookmark 9 Not set by default F9
Play playlist bookmark 10 Not set by default F10
Clear the playlist Not set by default Ctrl + w
Reset subtitles text scale Cmd + 0 Ctrl + 0
Scale down subtitles text Cmd + Scroll up Ctrl + Scroll up
Scale up subtitles text Cmd + Scroll down Ctrl + Scroll down

Writer John Perkins

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