20 Kodi Keyboard Shortcuts Every Kodi User Should Know

Last Updated: February 23, 2016

Kodi (earlier known as XBMC) is one powerful, open source media player which is gaining a lot of popularity these days. Kodi has come a long way since its initial release in 2002, thanks to the active community without which we wouldn’t have seen it grow the way it has, in last few years. It’s only because of the efforts of the community, Kodi now supports majority of devices ranging from Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Raspberry pi etc. Also, It supports more than 70 languages and has a massive library of free Kodi addons for movie buffs, sports enthusiasts, live TV lovers, etc.

Having said that, there’s a lot of room for customization too. For instance, there are lots of Kodi skins available for you to set the feel of the media center according to your taste. It’s up-to the user how they want to use it. As I earlier mentioned, Kodi is one powerful tool, It definitely is.

If you have been using Kodi for a while, or have just installed it on your system, you should know about Kodi Keyboard commands that can help speed up the process and will further improve the user experience.

So, without further ado. Here are some of the most useful Kodi Keyboard shortcuts which every user should know about:

1. Toggle between Full-screen and Windowed Mode

Shortcut Key: \

Kodi opens in full screen mode by default. By using this keyboard shortcut, one can easily toggle from full screen to windowed mode. This will allow the user to access other software/apps simultaneously while using Kodi.

2. Audio delay control

Shortcut Key: A

Sometimes audio and video of a particular video doesn’t sync well. In such cases, you can use this keyboard command to adjust audio delay, so that it syncs well with the video.

3. Fast forward

Shortcut Key: F

If you want to skip a particular part of a movie or a music video, simply press ‘F’ key. If you press once, the video will fast forward at 2x pace; if you press it twice, the video will fast forward at 4x pace and so on.

Alternatively, you can use right arrow key to forward the video 30 seconds.

4. Play

Shortcut Key: P

Pressing ‘P’ will start the video.

5. Stop

Shortcut Key: X

To stop a particular video, just press ‘X’ key.

6. Rewind

Shortcut Key: R

If you love a particular scene of a movie or a music video, simply press ‘R’ key to rewind back. If you press once, the video will rewind at 2x pace; if you press it twice, the video will rewind at 4x pace and so on.

Alternatively, you can use the left arrow key to rewind the video 3o seconds.

7. Toggle Subtitles On/Off

Shortcut Key: T

If you want to turn subtitles on/off for a movie or a video, just press ‘T’. However, Subtitles settings must be properly configured before trying this shortcut.

8. Previous Menu or Home Screen

Shortcut Key: Esc

If you want to go back to a previous menu or want to go back to the home screen, just press ‘Esc’ key. It will save you from multiple clicks.

9. Take A Screenshot

Shortcut Key: Ctrl + S or Prt Sc

If you want to take screenshot of what’s playing on your Kodi media center, just press ‘Ctrl+S’. Once you press it, a dialog box will ask you for preferred location for saving that screenshot.

Or an alternate way of taking screenshot is to hit ‘PrtSc’. The screenshot will be saved to clipboard which you can retrieve by opening ‘Paint’ and pressing ‘Ctrl+V’.

If you wish to take print out of the screenshot, you can easily do so since it is available in ready to use printable format.

10. Volume Down, Volume Up or Mute

Shortcut Key: – (minus), + Plus

For decreasing volume of a video, just press ‘-‘ key and for increasing the volume, press ‘+’ key. You will have to press a particular key multiple times to change the volume to a required level.

If you want to mute a video completely, press ‘-‘ key multiple times so that the volume becomes zero.

11. Shut down Menu

Shortcut Key: S

For quickly getting yourself out of the system, just press the ‘S’ key. It will give you an option for exiting Kodi with just one click. Also, it has the option to directly shut down/hibernate your system. This helps you save a lot of time when you are in hurry.

12. Pause / Play

Shortcut Key: Space bar

For playing/pausing a particular video, all you have to do is to hit ‘space’ bar. It’s the same keyboard shortcut that we have for VLC and YouTube.

13. Zoom / Aspect Ratio

Shortcut Key: Z

If you wish to adjust the aspect ratio of a video according to its resolution, just press the ‘Z’ key. Every time you press the key, the video will adjust to a different resolution such as (320 x 240), (1024 x 768), etc. Choose the one with better clarity.

Kodi Shortcuts For Pictures

14. Zoom Picture From Level 1 to level 9

Shortcut Key: 1-9

Pressing numerical keys from 1-9 will zoom the images in increasing order.

15. Next Picture

Shortcut Key: . period

You can browse through images without having to use your cursor. Just press ‘.’ key and you can scroll to the next image.

16. Previous Picture

Shortcut Key: , comma

For viewing the previous image, just press ‘,’.

17. Zoom In

Shortcut Key: + plus

Another way to Zoom a picture is by pressing the ‘+’ key

18. Zoom Out

Shortcut Key: – minus

Similary, one can use ‘-‘ key to zoom out a photograph.

Platform Specific Keyboard Shortcuts

19. For Windows

Shortcut Key: Windows Key

If you wish to access an option on your system, outside of Kodi but without having to exit it. Just press the Windows key and you are good.

20. For Mac

Some helpful Kodi keyboard shortcuts for Mac users.

  • ⌘ Cmd+Q to quit
  • ⌘ Cmd+H and ⌘ Cmd+M to hide/minimize to the dock
  • ⌘ Cmd+F to toggle fullscreen
  • ⌘ Cmd+S to take a screen shot

SEE ALSO: 5 Best Live TV Addons For Kodi

We hope these keyboard shortcuts will help you use Kodi in a better way. If you have any suggestion or feedback, feel free to leave that in comments below.


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