Keyboard Shortcuts

You can use your keyboard to quickly accomplish many tasks in iTunes.
To find the shortcuts for common commands, look in the menus (or see the list at the bottom of this page).
Many items in iTunes (for example, songs and column headings) also have contextual menus.
To see a contextual menu, press the Control key and click the item.

Playback shortcuts:

Play the selected song immediately > Enter

Move forward or backward within a song > Control-Option-Arrow

Listen to the next or previous album in a list > Option-Right Arrow or Left Arrow
(or Option-click the Skip Forward or Skip Backward controls in the upper-left corner of the iTunes window)

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 > Command-click the checkbox next to a song

Create a playlist from a selection of songs > Shift-click the Add (+) button
(Or drag the songs to the white area of the source pane)

Create a new Smart Playlist > Option-click the Add (+) button

Reshuffle the current playlist > Option-click the Shuffle button

Delete the selected playlist from your source pane > 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

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 ( [ )

File and window shortcuts:

Change the song information columns you see > Control-click a column heading

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

Zoom the window to an ideal size > Option-click the zoom control in the upper-left corner of the iTunes window

See the iTunes window resize while you are resizing it > Command-drag the resize box in the lower-right corner of the window

In the Get 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 Get Info or Preferences window > Command-click left bracket ( [ ) or right bracket ( ] )

Select the search field > Command-Option-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, press the Control key, click the movie, and then choose Set Poster Frame

iPod shortcuts:

Prevent iPod from automatically updating when you connect it to your computer > Command-Option (As you connect the iPod to your computer – hold the keys down until the iPod appears in the iTunes window)

Spoken word shortcuts:

Go to the next or last chapter (if available) > Command-Shift-Right Arrow or Left Arrow

iTunes menu shortcuts:

Open iTunes Preferences > Command-comma

Hide the iTunes window > Command-H

Hide all other applications > Option-Command-H

Quit iTunes > Command-Q

File menu shortcuts:

Create a new playlist > Command-N

Create a new folder > Option-Shift-Command-N

Create a new playlist with the selected songs > Shift-Command-N

Create a new Smart Playlist > Option-Command-N

Add a file to your music library > Command-O

Close the iTunes window > Command-W

Import a song, playlist, or library file > Shift-Command-O

Open the song or CD Info window for the selected song or CD > Command-I

Show where a song file is located > Command-R

Show the currently playing song in the list > Command-L

Edit menu shortcuts:

Undo your last typing change while still in edit mode > 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

Hide or Show the Artist and Album columns > Command-B

Hide or Show the song artwork > Command-G

Open the View Options window for the selected source > Command-J

Control menu shortcuts:

Stop or start 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 > Command-Up Arrow

Decrease the volume > Command-Down Arrow

Mute the sound (song keeps playing) > Option-Command-Down Arrow

Eject a CD > Command-E

Visualizer menu shortcuts:

Turn the visualizer on or off > Command-T

Switch between visual effects (when visualizer is on) > Command-F

Advanced menu shortcuts:

Stream audio file at a specific URL to iTunes > Command-U

View menu shortcuts:

Display video half size > Command-0

Display video actual size > Command-1

Display video double size > Command-2

Display video to fit screen > Command-3

Display video full screen > Command-F

Window menu shortcuts:

Put the iTunes window in the Dock > Command-M

Help menu shortcuts:

Open iTunes Help > Command-?

General shortcuts:

Open iTunes in “safe mode” (without external plug-ins) > Command-Option (while opening iTunes)