Incorporating YouTube videos into your lesson plans is a simple and interesting way to enhance student engagement and promote class discussion. However, navigating with a mouse or track pad by pointing and clicking can be tricky and slow.

Guess what! There are keyboard shortcuts that make it easier and faster to navigate any video on YouTube. You can use keyboard shortcuts to easily fast forward a YouTube video, mute, turn on or off closed captions and a lot more.


Keyboard Shortcut Function
f Enter or exit full screen
k  or Spacebar Toggle play/pause the video
c Turn on/off closed captions
+ Increase cc font size
Decrease cc font size
j Move backward 10 seconds
l Move forward 10 seconds
← (Arrow left key) Move backward 5 seconds
→ (Arrow right key) Move forward 5 seconds
m Mute/unmute volume
↑(Arrow up key) Increase volume 5%
↓(Arrow down key) Decrease volume 5%
Number keys (1, 2, 3…) Skip to a particular section of the video

(e.g. 1=10%, 5=50% or video midpoint, 9=90%)

Shift > Speed up a video
Shift < Slow down a video to watch in slo-mo
0 / Home key Return to beginning of video
End (for MAC fn ▶) Go to end of video


Kim Murry
INFOhio Coordinator @ Northern Buckeye