How to customize VLC Media Player hotkeys [Tip]

VLC Media Player is a freeware software package, for the Windows, Unix, Mac OS X and Linux platforms, which plays video/audio files.

This is the VLC Media Player website from where you can add it to your software library. Like many software packages, VLC Media Player includes keyboard shortcuts (hot keys) for its options. You can also customize VLC Media Player’s shortcut keys.

After opening the VLC Media Player window, click Tools and Preferences. That opens the window in the shot below. Click on the Hot keys option at the bottom left of the window.

VLC Media Player

That window lists all the default VLC Media Player hot keys. If you’re searching for a specific shortcut key, enter a hot key keyword in the Search box. For example, entering volume finds volume up/down keyboard shortcuts.

To customize those keyboard shortcuts, double-click on one of the hot keys listed. That opens the Hotkey change window below. Press the new keyboard key, or keys, to switch the hot key to. The keyboard shortcut you pressed then replaces the default on the hot key column list.

VLC Media Player2

Next click on Save to close the window. Note that you should also restart VLC Media Player for the new hot key to take effect. After restarting the software, press your new VLC Media Player hot keys to select their associated options.

By customizing the VLC Media Player hot keys, you can change them to more preferable alternatives. However, the defaults can also be restored if required by selecting the Reset Preferences button on the hot key window.

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  • adarsh urs


    If you use free app VLC Mobile Remote on Android and Windows Phone, you will never have to worry about customizing VLC keyboard shortcuts. It has all the basic features such as play, forward, full screen, file selection and advanced controls crop, aspect ratio, screenshot, subtitle, audio delay sync and many more features.

    App download link –

  • etim

    [@etim] Hey Ashraf–it looks like the edit function’s disappeared again.

  • etim

    I could edit the hot keys in the old versions of vlc and couldn’t figure out how to do it in recent updates. Now I do. Thanks.

    For anyone who uses vlc (and hasn’t discovered it already)– your mouse roller will change the sound easily.
    Rocking the roller (heh heh) left or right will do short time jumps in the file you’re watching.
    A quick double right click on the upper screen will pause/start the vid/song.
    And left double clicks take you in and out of fullscreen.

    These tips may be old hat to many but after years of using only a touchpad, these new mousie tricks are fun discoveries!