iTunes for Mac: iTunes keyboard shortcuts

iTunes 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 tables 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, press the Control key, then click the item.

Play music, video, and more

Action

Shortcut

Start playing or pause the selected song

Space bar

Play the currently selected song from the beginning

Return

Move forward or backward within a song

Option-Command-Right Arrow or Left Arrow

Stop playing the selected song

Command-Period

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

Show the currently playing song in the list

Command-L

Show the Up Next list

Option-Command-U

Listen to the next or previous album in a list

Option-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)

Increase the volume

Command-Up Arrow

Decrease the volume

Command-Down Arrow

Open the equalizer

Option-Command-E

Mute (and unmute) the sound (song keeps playing)

Option-Command-Down Arrow

Go to the next or last chapter (if available)

Shift-Command-Right Arrow or Shift-Command-Left Arrow

Stream audio file at a specific URL to iTunes

Command-U

Create and manage playlists

Action

Shortcut

Create a new playlist

Command-N

Create a playlist from a selection of songs

Shift-Command-N

Create a new Smart Playlist

Option-Command-N

Start Genius Shuffle

Option-Space bar

Refresh a Genius Playlist (when the playlist is selected)

Command-R

Delete the selected playlist without confirming that you want to delete it

Command-Delete

Delete the selected playlist and all the songs it contains from your library

Option-Delete

Delete the selected song from your library and all playlists

Option-Delete

Manage your iTunes library and media files

Action

Shortcut

Add a file to your music library

Command-O

Show where a song file is located

Shift-Command-R

Select the search field

Command-F

Choose artwork for the selected video

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

Undo your last typing change while editing an item’s information

Command-Z

Cut the selected song’s information or artwork

Command-X

Copy the selected song’s information or artwork

Command-C

Paste the selected song’s information or artwork

Command-V

Select all the songs in the list

Command-A

Deselect all the songs in the list

Shift-Command-A

Select or deselect all the songs in a list

Command-click the checkbox next to a song in the list

Change what you see

Action

Shortcut

Open MiniPlayer

Option-Command-M

Enter or exit full-screen view

Control-Command-F

Switch between custom and maximum window sizes

Option-click the green button in the upper-left corner of the iTunes window

See the iTunes window resize while you are resizing it

Command-drag the resize control in the lower-right corner of the window

Change the song information columns

Control-click a column heading

Show the Column Browser

Command-B

Show the status bar

Command-/

Open the Info window for the selected song or CD

Command-I

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

Command-N or Command-P

Go to the previous or next pane in the [Item] Info or Preferences window

Shift-Command-Left Bracket ( [ ) or Shift-Command-Right Bracket ( ] )

Open the View Options window for the selected source

Command-J

Turn the visualizer on or off

Command-T

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)

View music

Command-1

View movies

Command-2

View TV shows

Command-3

View podcasts

Command-4

View audiobooks

Command-5

Refresh the Radio list (when Internet Radio is selected)

Command-R

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

Command-click a triangle

Open the iTunes window

Command-0 (zero)

Close the iTunes window

Command-W

Put the iTunes window in the Dock

Command-M

Hide the iTunes window

Command-H

Hide all other applications

Option-Command-H

Find items in the iTunes Store

Action

Shortcut

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

Type a word or phrase in the search field and press Option-Return

Go to the next page in the iTunes Store

Command-Right Bracket ( ] )

Go to the previous page in the iTunes Store

Command-Left Bracket ( [ )

Reload the current page

Command-R

Other shortcuts

Action

Shortcut

Prevent iPod, iPhone, or iPad from automatically syncing when you connect it to your computer

Press and hold Option-Command as you connect the device to your computer until the device appears in the iTunes window

Open iTunes Preferences

Command-Comma

Quit iTunes

Command-Q

Eject a CD

Command-E

Open iTunes Help menu

Command-?

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

Option-Command (while opening iTunes)

Published Date: Jan 12, 2018
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