Controlling YouTube videos with keyboard shortcuts

YouTube is perhaps the most popular web site of the world accessed by millions of people every day. If you are also a YouTube fan and enjoy watching videos on YouTube, then you may be interested in knowiing how you can control YouTube videos with your keyboard – whether a regular keyboard or a multimedia keyboard.

The following picture shows the keyboard map of all the YouTube keyboard shortcuts :

YouTube keyboard shortcuts

The following is a table showing various keyboard shortcuts you can use when watching a YouTube video :

Keyboard shortcut Function
O To jump to the beginning of the flash player
Spacebar Play/Pause when the seek bar is selected. Activate a button if a button has focus
Play/Pause Media Key on keyboards Play / Pause
Stop Media Key on keyboards Stop
Next Track Media Key on keyboards Moves to the next track in a play/list
Left/Right arrow on the seek bar Seek backward/forward 5 seconds
Ctrl+left/ctrl+right arrow on the seek bar Seek backward/forward 10 seconds
Home/End on the seek bar Seek to the beginning/last seconds of the video
Up/Down arrow on the seek bar Increase/Decrease volume 5%
Numbers 1 to 9 (not on the numeric pad) on the seek bar Seek to the 10% to 90% of the video
Number 0 (not on the numeric pad) on the seek bar Seek to the beginning of the video

If you have multimedia keyboard with keys to play, pause, stop and next keys, then you can also use them as you would normally use them in a multimedia player like Winamp or Windows Media Player.

For more information, you can visit the Google help website : http://www.google.com/support/youtube/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=189278.

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