VLC keyboard shortcuts can make your life a lot easier. If you use VLC to control your media playback on your Windows 10, you should pay attention to how they are mapped to the different keys on your keyboard. Once you know how to use them, you’ll find yourself using them much more often than you used to. So read on to learn about how you can use VLC keyboard shortcuts to maximize your productivity.

The default mapping for the VLC shortcuts is a lot more conservative than the ones you’re probably accustomed to. That’s because the default mapping is for the mouse. It’s only once you get used to the VLC keyboard shortcuts that you will switch over and use the mouse.

VLC Keyboard Shortcuts

Commonly Used VLC keyboard Shortcuts

Shortcut Function
F Fullscreen
Esc Exit full screen mode
Space Pause or play movie
V Subtitles on/ off
B Select audio track
Ctrl+Arrow Up/Arrow Down Volume up/ down in 5% increments


Shortcut Function
Shift+Arrow Right/Arrow Left Jump 3 seconds forward/ backward
Alt+Arrow Right/Arrow Left Jump 10 seconds forward/ backward
Ctrl+Arrow Right/Arrow Left Jump 1 minute forward/ backward

Movie shortcuts

Shortcut Function
Ctrl+D Open Disc menu
Ctrl+F Open Folder (browse folder menu)
Ctrl+R Advanced open file
Ctrl+O Open single file(s)
M Mute and unmute audio
P Play movie (from the very beginning)
S Stop movie (not pause; this stops the movie completely)
[/ ] Increase/ decrease playback by 0.1x
= Adjust playback to normal (1.0x)
C Change screen Crop 16:10, 16:9, 4:3, etc.
A Change Aspect ratio 16:10, 16:9, 4.:3, etc.
G/H Decrease/ increase subtitle delay
J/K Decrease/ increase audio delay
Z Change zoom mode
Ctrl+14 Play Recent media (in Media – Recent media menu)
T Show time
Ctrl+T Goto time
E Frame by Frame Mode; continue pressing E to advance one frame at a time.
Ctrl+H Hide Control

VLC control

Shortcut Function
Ctrl+P Preferences/ interface settings
Ctrl+E Adjustments and audio/ video Effects
Ctrl+B Edit Bookmarks
Ctrl+M Open Messages
Ctrl+N Open Network
Ctrl+C Open Captue device
Ctrl+L Open PlayList; press again to return to movie.
Ctrl+Y Save playlist
Ctrl+I Media Information
D Toggle Deinterlace
N Play next movie from playlist
F1 Show help
F11 Window full-screen (not equal to pressing F)
Ctrl+W Quit VLC

By learning about VLC keyboard shortcuts, you will not only be able to play your videos quickly but you will also be able to control your computer more efficiently. These shortcuts are easily learned and don’t take a lot of time to master.

In case you are Mac user then, you can also Look for our VLC Shortcuts for MAC.