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iTunes 11 for Windows: Keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts

You can use keyboard shortcuts to quickly accomplish many tasks in iTunes. To find the shortcuts for common commands, look in the iTunes menus, or use the table below as a reference.

Many items in the iTunes window (for example, songs and column headings) also have shortcut menus that let you do tasks quickly. To see a shortcut menu, right-click the item.

To turn on full keyboard navigation, choose Edit > Preferences, click General, and select “Enable full keyboard navigation.”

Some screen readers override keyboard combinations built into iTunes; check the screen reader documentation for instructions on customizing key combinations.

Action
Shortcut
Playback shortcuts

Play the currently selected song immediately

Enter

Move forward or backward within a song

Control–Alt–Right Arrow or Left Arrow

Listen to the next or previous album in a list

Shift–Right Arrow or Left Arrow

Go to the next or previous song in a list

Left Arrow or Right Arrow (or click the Skip Forward or Skip Backward controls in the upper-left corner of the iTunes window)

Library and playlist shortcuts
 

Select or deselect all the songs in a list

Control-click the checkbox next to a song

Create a playlist from a selection of songs

Control-Shift-N

Create a new Smart Playlist

Control-Alt-N

Refresh the Radio list (when Radio is selected)

F5

Refresh a Genius Playlist (when the playlist is selected)

F5

iTunes Store shortcuts
 

Go to the next page in the iTunes Store

Control–Right bracket ( ] )

Go to the previous page in the iTunes Store

Control–Left bracket ( [ )

Check for new podcast episodes (when Podcasts is selected, below Library)

F5

Initiate a search in the iTunes Store (from anywhere in iTunes)

Type in Search field and press Shift-Return

Open the Store menu

Alt-S

Check for app updates (when Apps is selected, below Library)

F5

File and window shortcuts
 

Expand or collapse all the triangles in the Radio’s Stream list

Control-click a triangle

Shrink the iTunes window to show only the playback controls

Click the zoom control in the upper-left corner of the iTunes window

In the Get Info window, see the info for the next or previous song in the list

Alt-N or Alt-P

Select the search field

Control-F

See more options when a visual effect is showing

Press ?, then press the indicated key to use an option (not all visual effects support this)

Choose artwork for the selected video

While the video is playing, Control-click the movie, and choose Set Poster Frame

Stream audio file at a specific URL to iTunes

Control-U

iPod shortcuts
 

Prevent iPod from automatically syncing when you connect it to your computer

Control-Shift as you connect the iPod to your computer (hold the keys down until the iPod appears in the iTunes window)

iPhone shortcuts
 

Prevent iPhone from automatically syncing when you connect it to your computer

Control-Shift as you connect the iPhone to your computer (hold the keys down until the iPhone appears in the iTunes window)

Spoken word shortcuts
 

Go to the next or last chapter (if available)

Control–Shift–Right Arrow or Left Arrow

File menu shortcuts
 

Create a new playlist

Control-N

Add a file to your music library

Control-O

Close the iTunes window

Control-W

Open the song or CD Info window for the selected song or CD

Control-I

Show where a song file is located

Control-R

Show the currently playing song in the list

Control-L

Edit menu shortcuts
 

Open iTunes Preferences

Control-Comma

Undo your last typing change while still in edit mode

Control-Z

Cut the selected song’s information or artwork

Control-X

Copy the selected song’s information or artwork

Control-C

Paste the selected song’s information or artwork

Control-V

Select all the songs in the list

Control-A

Deselect all the songs in the list

Control-Shift-A

Control menu shortcuts
 

Start or stop playing the selected song

Space Bar

When a song is playing, play the next song in a list

Right Arrow

When a song is playing, play the previous song in a list

Left Arrow

Increase the volume

Control–Up Arrow

Decrease the volume

Control–Down Arrow

Mute the sound (song keeps playing)

Control–Alt–Down Arrow

Eject a CD

Control-E

Window menu shortcuts

 

Eject a CD

Control-E

View menu shortcuts
 

Switch to the MiniPlayer

Control-Shift-M

Hide or show the Browser (Artist and Album columns)

Control-B

Turn the visualizer on or off

Control-T

Switch between viewing visual effects using the entire screen or in the iTunes window (when visualizer is on)

Command-F

Enter or exit full-screen view

Control-Shift-F

Open the View Options window for the selected source

Control-J

Help menu shortcuts
 

Open iTunes Help

Control-?

General shortcuts
 

Open iTunes in “safe mode” (without external plug-ins)

Control-Shift (while opening iTunes)

Edit the name of the currently selected item

F2

Refresh source list

F5

Interrupt the current process (burning a CD, syncing, converting a file, and so on)

Control-Break

With full keyboard navigation enabled
 

Select the next control

Tab

Click the currently selected control

Enter

Open or close the selected item’s disclosure triangle

Left Arrow or Right Arrow, or + and - on the numeric keypad

Last Modified: Nov 5, 2013
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