The YouTube Shortcuts and Tips Cheat Sheet

YouTube can give you hours of entertainment and education. When you pair its limitless store of content with the enabled-by-default Autoplay feature, binge-watching sessions are inevitable.

If YouTube surfing is a daily activity for you, it’s a good idea to learn a few shortcuts and tricks that’ll help you navigate YouTube faster. And you’ll find the best shortcuts laid out neatly in our YouTube cheat sheet below!

The cheat sheet contains keyboard shortcuts, URL shortcuts, and search operators. For YouTube creators we’ve added standard dimensions specified by YouTube for creating all types of graphics and videos.

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The YouTube Shortcuts and Tips Cheat Sheet

Shortcut Action
Keyboard Shortcuts
The YouTube video window must be active for these shortcuts to work.
Space Play/pause video
k Play/pause video
Left Arrow Rewind 5 seconds
Right Arrow Fast-forward 5 seconds
j Rewind 10 seconds
l Fast-forward 10 seconds
¹0 Restart video
¹1-9 Fast-forward in increments of 10%
Home Restart video (Windows only)
End Jump to end of video (Windows only)
, Rewind by one frame when video is paused
. Fast-forward by one frame when video is paused
> Increase playback speed
< Decrease playback speed
Shift + n OR
²Ctrl + Right Arrow
Jump to next video in playlist
Shift + p OR
²Ctrl + Left Arrow OR
Backspace
Jump to previous video in playlist
m Mute/unmute video
Up Arrow Increase volume by 5%
Down Arrow Decrease volume by 5%
f Toggle Full Screen Mode
t Toggle Theater Mode
i Toggle Miniplayer
c Toggle captions if available
o Cycle through text opacity options for captions
w Cycle through window opacity options for captions
= Increase font size for captions
Decrease font size for captions
w Pan up in 360° video
s Pan down in 360° video
a Pan left in 360° video
d Pan right in 360° video
[ Zoom in within 360° video
] Zoom out in 360° video
Tab Cycle forward through onscreen elements
Shift + Tab Cycle backward through onscreen elements
Space Launch or open selected element
Enter Launch or open selected element
/ Place cursor in search box
Shift + / Open YouTube shortcuts dialog
Esc Exit Full Screen mode, exit dialogs

URL Shortcuts
Video_ID in the URLs refers to the 11-character sequence that appears in every YouTube URL.
³Link to any part of video youtube.com/watch?v=Video_ID&t=YmXXs
³Start video from a specific point youtube.com/watch?v=Video_ID&start=XX
Bypass age restrictions genyoutube.com/watch?v=Video_ID
Loop video indefinitely youtuberepeater.com/watch?v=Video_ID
View high-res thumbnail of video (if available) img.youtube.com/vi/Video_ID/maxresdefault.jpg
Make a GIF from any part of video gifyoutube.com/watch?v=Video_ID

Search Operators
Append search operator to your query.
+keyword Force keyword matching
-keyword Exclude keyword
“keyword(s)” Force exact keyword(s) match
intitle: Look for keywords in content title
,hour Content uploaded in the last hour only
,today Content uploaded today
,week Content uploaded this week
,month Content uploaded this month
,year Content uploaded this year
,video Videos only
,channel Channels only
,playlist Playlists only
,movie Movies only
,show Shows only
,long Content longer than 20 minutes
,short Content shorter than 4 minutes
,live Live streaming content only
,4k 4K content only
,hd HD content only
,cc Captioned content only
,creativecommons Creative Commons licensed content only
,spherical 360° content only
,3d 3D content only
,hdr HDR content only
,purchased Purchased content only
, Separate keywords/operators

Related Links
YouTube Trending youtube.com/feed/trending
Your Subscriptions youtube.com/feed/subscriptions
Your YouTube History youtube.com/feed/history
YouTube Gaming youtube.com/gaming
YouTube Premium youtube.com/red
YouTube TV youtube.com/tv
YouTube Copyright Basics https://youtu.be/OQVHWsTHcoc
YouTube TestTube youtube.com/testtube
Recommended Dimensions (in pixels) for Creating YouTube Graphics and Videos
Profile Picture 800×800
Thumbnail 1280×720
Banner (Cover Photo or Channel Art) 2560×440
Banner Safe Area 1546×423
Mobile Display 1546×423
Tablet Display 1855×423
Desktop Display 2560×423
TV Display 2560×1440
4K (2160p) 3840×2160
2K (1440p) 2560×1440
Max. Resolution for HD (1080p) 1920×1080
Min. Resolution for HD (720p) 1280×720
Standard Definition (480p) 854×480
Traditional Website Resolution (360p) 640×360
Minimum YouTube Video Size (240p) 426×240
¹Key(s) on the numeric keypad won’t work.

²On Mac keyboards, use Cmd instead of Ctrl and Delete instead of Backspace.

³Y refers to minutes and XX refers to seconds.

Keep Your Eyes on the Screen

Once you master YouTube shortcuts, figure out how to find awesome videos, and learn to break a few of YouTube’s restrictions, you have a delightful, personalized stream of video content on tap.

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