Music for Mac: All of the Keyboard Shortcuts You Must Know

The Music app on Mac is a great way to listen to all of your audio content: music, podcasts, audiobooks, and more.

The last thing you have to do if you want to enjoy your music is fumbling around menus or figuring out how to pause, skip, or otherwise control your media.

That's why we've put together this ultimate cheat sheet. It has all the shortcuts you will ever need to control the Music app on Mac.

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Music for Mac keyboard shortcuts

abbreviation action
GENERAL
Command + comma Open the settings
Command + Q. Quit the app
Command + E. Eject
Command +? Open help
Option + Command (when opening music) Open another music library
Command + R. Update
PLAY
return Play from the start
room Break
Option + Command + Right / Left Arrow Track forward or backward
Command + period Stop
Right / Left Arrow Play the next / previous song
Option + right / left arrow Play the next / previous album
Command + L. Advertisement is currently running
Option + Command + U. Display the Playback Next list
Command + Up Arrow Increase volume
Command + down arrow Decrease volume
Option + Command + E. Open the equalizer
Shift + Command + Right / Left Arrow Go to the next or last chapter
Command + U. Stream an audio file from a URL
PLAYLISTS
Command + N. Create a new playlist
Shift + Command + N. Create a playlist from a selection of songs
Option + Command + N. Create a new smart playlist
Option + space Start Genius Shuffle
Command + delete Delete the selected playlist
Option + delete Delete the selected playlist and its songs from your library
Option + delete Delete the selected song from your library and all playlists
MANAGE THE LIBRARY
Command + O. Import a file into your library
Shift + Command + R. Show where a song file is located
Command + F. Select the search field
Command + Z. Undo your last entry while editing
Command + X. Cut out information or graphics
Command + C. Copy information or graphics
Command + V. Insert information or graphics
Command + A. Select all of the songs in the list
Command + B. Show or hide the column browser
Shift + Command + A. Deselect all of the songs in the list
Command + click the check box Select or deselect all the songs in a list
LAYOUT
Option + Command + M or Shift + Command + M. Open the mini player
Shift + Command + F. Open the full screen player
Ctrl + Command + F. Enter or exit full screen view
Option + Click the green button in the top + left corner of the music window Switch between custom and maximum window sizes
Ctrl + click on a column heading Change the song information columns
Command + / Show or hide the status bar
Command + I. Open the information window for the selected song
Command + N / P. See the information for the next or previous song in the list
Shift + Command + left / right bracket Go to the previous or next area
Command + J. Open the View Options window for the selected source
Command + T. Turn the visualizer on or off
? Show more options when viewing a visual effect
Command + 0 Open the music window
Command + W. Close the music window
Command + M. Place the music window in the dock
Command + H. Hide the music window
Option + Command + H. Hide all other applications
ITUNES STORE
Enter the search box and press Option + Enter Search the iTunes Store
Command + right / left bracket Next or previous page
Command + R. Reload

The best alternative music players

Not convinced by the music app? You should check out the other free music apps you can download for macOS, like Vox Player and Musique.

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