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Geek Fun: Skip Through YouTube Videos with the Number Keys

Have you ever been watching a YouTube video and want to get to the good part quickly without waiting for it to load? Today we have a cool tip showing how to use the number keys to navigate through videos the easy way.

When you’re playing a YouTube video, it can be very annoying waiting for it to load so you can get to the point you want.


Use Number Keyboard Shortcuts

For this trick to work, you need to click on the Play button first, and make sure the progress bar is showing,then hit any number key on the top row to skip through the video (the number pad didn’t seem to work). It will move forward or back based on increments of 10%. For instance, here we hit “5” to get 50% through the video.


To get back to the beginning of the video just hit zero.


Or hit the 9 key to skip 90% into the video near the end.


Unfortunately one caveat is you can’t skip through the commercials. Also, you’ll want to make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Flash installed.


This is a cool trick that allows you to skip to different sections of a video on YouTube just like you would with a DVR or Tivo. It should work on any video on the YouTube site, and in any of the major browsers…Awesome!

Head to YouTube and Try it Out for Yourself

Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+

  • Published 11/3/10

Comments (7)

  1. Stephen Mann

    There seems to be a minimum video size for this to work. I have a few two-minute videos where this doesn’t work, and a ten minute video where it does.

  2. tyros

    nice trick, but there’s really no point on a PC when you can just click the mouse wherever you want to jump to

  3. Hatryst

    You can use the up / down arrow keys to control the volume, and the left / right arrow keys to seek…

  4. Adrian Barrett

    “Home” and “End” do what they say as well.

  5. Lloyd

    Quite interesting! So too are the related comments which are bang on target.

  6. Jonathan

    You can also play the snake game. When the O loading the video is showing hit the arrow keys

  7. Ja

    If Your mouse has sideway scrolling you can also use that to “side-scroll” the video.

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