All features and buttons in Windows Media Player are accessible to you by using the keyboard only. The Player provides a variety of keyboard shortcuts for the more commonly used commands and buttons that you can use to control the Player from your keyboard or with macros. The following table shows the various keyboard shortcuts for the Player.

To do this
Use this keyboard shortcut

Zoom to 50%

ALT+1

Zoom at 100%

ALT+2

Zoom to 200%

ALT+3

Toggle display for full-screen video

ALT+ENTER

Retrace your steps back through your most recent views in the Player

ALT+LEFT ARROW

Retrace your steps forward through your most recent views in the Player

ALT+RIGHT ARROW

Switch to full-screen mode

CTRL+1

Switch to skin mode

CTRL+2

Switch to the first view in a media category after Recently Added (such as Artist in Music)

CTRL+7

Switch to the second view in a media category after Recently Added (such as Album in Music)

CTRL+8

Switch to the third view in a media category after Recently Added (such as Songs in Music)

CTRL+9

Previous (item or chapter)

CTRL+B

Put the focus on the search box in the library

CTRL+E

Next (item or chapter)

CTRL+F

Turn shuffle on or off

CTRL+H

Eject CD or DVD (note that this does not work on computers equipped with two or more CD or DVD disc drives)

CTRL+J

In full mode, show or hide the Classic Menus (menu bar)

CTRL+M

Create a new playlist

CTRL+N

Open a file

CTRL+O

Play or pause playing

CTRL+P

Add selected item to sync list

CTRL+Q

Stop playing

CTRL+S

In audio playback, turn repeat on or off

CTRL+T

Specify a URL or path to a file

CTRL+U

Close or stop playing a file

CTRL+W

Rewind video

CTRL+SHIFT+B

Turn captions and subtitles on or off

CTRL+SHIFT+C

Fast forward through video or music

CTRL+SHIFT+F

Use a fast play speed

CTRL+SHIFT+G

Play at normal speed

CTRL+SHIFT+N

Use a slow play speed

CTRL+SHIFT+S

Return to full mode from full screen

ESC

Display Windows Media Player Help

F1

Edit media information on a selected item in the library

F2

Add media files to the library

F3

Switches the view of items in the Details pane using the options available with the View Options button

F4

Refresh information in the panes

F5

Increase the size of album art

F6

Decrease the size of album art

SHIFT+F6

Mute the volume

F7

Decrease the volume

F8

Increase the volume

F9

Show the Classic Menus (menu bar)

F10

Switch to full-screen mode

F11