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.

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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


Keyboard Shortcuts
The YouTube video window must be active for these shortcuts to work.

SpacePlay/pause video

kPlay/pause video

Left ArrowRewind 5 seconds

Right ArrowFast-forward 5 seconds

jRewind 10 seconds

lFast-forward 10 seconds

¹0Restart video

¹1-9Fast-forward in increments of 10%

HomeRestart video (Windows only)

EndJump 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 ArrowJump to next video in playlist

Shift + p OR
²Ctrl + Left Arrow OR
Jump to previous video in playlist

mMute/unmute video

Up ArrowIncrease volume by 5%

Down ArrowDecrease volume by 5%

fToggle Full Screen Mode

tToggle Theater Mode

iToggle Miniplayer

cToggle captions if available

oCycle through text opacity options for captions

wCycle through window opacity options for captions

=Increase font size for captions

-Decrease font size for captions

wPan up in 360° video

sPan down in 360° video

aPan left in 360° video

dPan right in 360° video

[Zoom in within 360° video

]Zoom out in 360° video

TabCycle forward through onscreen elements

Shift + TabCycle backward through onscreen elements

SpaceLaunch or open selected element

EnterLaunch or open selected element

/Place cursor in search box

Shift + /Open YouTube shortcuts dialog

EscExit 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

³Start video from a specific

Bypass age

Loop video

View high-res thumbnail of video (if available)

Make a GIF from any part of

Search Operators
Append search operator to your query.

+keywordForce keyword matching

-keywordExclude keyword

“keyword(s)”Force exact keyword(s) match

intitle:Look for keywords in content title

,hourContent uploaded in the last hour only

,todayContent uploaded today

,weekContent uploaded this week

,monthContent uploaded this month

,yearContent uploaded this year

,videoVideos only

,channelChannels only

,playlistPlaylists only

,movieMovies only

,showShows only

,longContent longer than 20 minutes

,shortContent shorter than 4 minutes

,liveLive streaming content only

,4k4K content only

,hdHD content only

,ccCaptioned content only

,creativecommonsCreative Commons licensed content only

,spherical360° content only

,3d3D content only

,hdrHDR content only

,purchasedPurchased content only

,Separate keywords/operators

Related Links



Your YouTube




YouTube Copyright Basics


Recommended Dimensions (in pixels) for Creating YouTube Graphics and Videos

Profile Picture800x800


Banner (Cover Photo or Channel Art)2560×440

Banner Safe Area1546x423

Mobile Display1546x423

Tablet Display1855x423

Desktop Display2560x423

TV Display2560x1440

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.
Not sure where to begin your next binge-watching session? Start with these YouTube channel recommendations.

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