How to Use Spotify Keyboard Shortcuts
Keyboard shortcuts offer you an alternative means of moving around Spotify. It’s perfectly fine to navigate your way around the Spotify window by using a mouse; selecting menus to achieve tasks, and clicking or double-clicking here and there. It’s an extremely intuitive way to go.
But at times, you might want to use keyboard shortcuts to achieve certain tasks quickly — for example, just pressing Ctrl+F on a PC brings up a Search text box that you can use to filter a bunch of search results.
Here are Spotify’s official keyboard shortcuts. You can also find this list online as well.
|Task||Shortcut (PC)||Shortcut (Mac)|
|Create new playlist||Ctrl+N||Command+N|
|Next track||Ctrl+Right arrow||Command+Right arrow|
|Previous track||Ctrl+Left arrow||Command+Left arrow|
|Volume up||Ctrl+Up arrow||Command+Up arrow|
|Volume down||Ctrl+Down arrow||Command+Down arrow|
|Mute||Ctrl+Shift+Down arrow||Command+Shift+Down arrow|
|Go to the Search text box||Ctrl+L||Command+L|
|Browse back (to the previous screen)||Alt+Left arrow||Command+[ (left bracket)|
|Browse forward||Alt+Right arrow||Command+] (right bracket)|
|Play the highlighted (selected) row||Enter||Enter|
|Log out active user||Ctrl+Shift+W||Command+W|
|Quit (close) Spotify||Alt+F4||Command+Q|
|Hide/close the Spotify window||– (dash)||Command+H|
|Restore the hidden Spotify window||– (dash)||Command+Alt+1|
|View album artwork in track listings||Ctrl+G||Command+G|
Don’t forget, too, that if you have a keyboard that includes media keys on it, Spotify’s been designed to work with those keys.
When quitting Spotify in Windows, you can’t just click the X at the top-right of the window like you usually do when quitting many other programs. This action only minimizes the Spotify window; it doesn’t shut down Spotify itself, which continues to show up in the taskbar in the background.
To properly quit Spotify, you have to either use the Ctrl+Q shortcut or choose File→Exit in the Spotify window. (This action will sound familiar to Mac users who are used to quitting programs in this way!)