YouTube Tip: Video Control Keyboard Shortcuts

Friday, May 25, 2012
By OP Editor

Control YouTube video playback with your Mac (and probably PC) keyboard!

YouTube video playback keyboard shortcuts

Dan Frakes discovered this YouTube trick by accident. Press any of the following 3 keys to control the YouTube video playback on a Mac.

  • J: Rewind 10 seconds back
  • K: Pause or play
  • L: Forward 10 seconds forward

We note: works when the video is NOT in full screen mode. You need a different set of keyboard shortcuts when playing YouTube video in full screen (talk about inconsistency!):

  • Left arrow: Rewind 10 seconds back
  • Space: Pause or play
  • Right arrow: Forward 10 seconds forward

Here’s one of Dan’s video you can watch and try. It’s at tip about OS X screenshots and using the built in “Grab” app:

Our thoughts: Those are unusual keyboard placements, as most Mac power users put their left hand on the keyboard and right hand on the mouse or trackpad. Perhaps a left-handed person coded the shortcut?

Now, if only there is a shortcut to prevent YouTube from pausing to buffer when changing resolution or watching a video full screen…

Like this tip? Check out more Mac tips on ObamaPacman.

Yes, we know about using the Space key to pause / play YouTube videos, but that only works well in full screen view (in non full screen mode, the space key can sometimes move the page down if the video is not selected).

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