58 iTunes Keyboard Shortcuts

1. Playback shortcuts


Start or stop playing the selected song


Play the currently selected song from the beginning

Option++Arrow Right/Arrow Left

Move forward or backward within a song

Option+Arrow Right/Arrow Left

Listen to the next or previous album in a list

Arrow Left/Arrow Right

Go to the next or previous song in a list

2. Library and Playlist

+click the checkbox next to a song

Select or deselect all the songs in a list


Create a new playlist from selected songs


Create a new Smart Playlist


Delete the selected playlist without confirming that you want to delete it


Delete the selected playlist and all the songs it contains from your library


Delete the selected song from your library and all playlists


Refresh the Radio list, when Radio is selected (or Genius Playlist if selected)

3. iTunes Store shortcuts


Go to the next page / go to previous page in iTunes Store

Type in Search field and press Option+Enter

Initiate a search in the iTunes Store (from anywhere in iTunes)


Check for app updates (when Apps is selected, below Library)

4. File and Window

Ctrl+click a column heading

Change the song information columns

+click a triangle

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


Shrink the iTunes window to show only the playback controls

Option+click the zoom button in the upper+left corner of the iTunes window

Switch between custom and maximum window sizes

+drag the resize control in the lower+right corner of the window

See the iTunes window resize while you are resizing it


In the Info window, see the info for the next or previous song in the list


Go to the previous or next pane in the Get Info or Preferences window


Select the search field

5. iTunes menu shortcuts


Open iTunes Preferences


Hide the iTunes window


Hide all other applications


Quit iTunes

6. File Menu


Create a new playlist


Create a new playlist with the selected songs


Create a new Smart Playlist


Open / add a file to your music library


Close the iTunes window


Open the Info window for the selected song or CD


Show where a song file is located


Show the currently playing song in the list


Stream audio file at a specific URL to iTunes

7. Edit Menu


Open iTunes Preferences


Undo your last typing change while editing an item’s information


Cut / Copy / Paste the selected song’s information or artwork


Select all the songs in the list


Deselect all the songs in the list


Hide or show the Artist and Album columns


Open the View Options window for the selected source

8. Add Menu


Start or stop playing the selected song

Arrow Right/Arrow Left

Play the next song / play previous song in a list (When a song is playing)

+Arrow Up/+Arrow Down

Increase the volume / decrease the volume

Option++Arrow Down

Mute the sound (song keeps playing)


Eject a CD

. Visualizer Menu


Turn the visualizer on or off


Fullscreen visualizer

Press ?, then key available

See more options when a visual effect is showing

10. Other


Enter or exit full-screen view


Put the iTunes window in the Dock


Open iTunes Help

Option+Command (while opening iTunes)

Open iTunes in “safe mode” (without external plug-ins)

While the video is playing, Control+click the movie, and choose Set Poster Frame

Choose artwork for the selected video

Press and hold Option+Command when connecting iPod/iPhone

Prevent iPod from automatically syncing when you connect it to your computer

Shift++Arrow Right/Arrow Left

Go to the next or last chapter during spoken words (if available)

Source: Apple Support Pages

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