How to Use Spotify Keyboard Shortcuts - dummies

How to Use Spotify Keyboard Shortcuts

By Kim Gilmour

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.

Spotify Keyboard Shortcuts
Task Shortcut (PC) Shortcut (Mac)
Create new playlist Ctrl+N Command+N
Copy Ctrl+C Command+C
Cut Ctrl+X Command+X
Paste Ctrl+V Command+V
Delete Del Backspace
Select All Ctrl+A Command+A
Deselect items Ctrl+Shift+A Command+Shift+A
Play/pause Space Space
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
Help F1 Command+Shift+/
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
Preferences Ctrl+P Command+, (comma)
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!)