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iPod and iTunes Hacks by Hadley Stern

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Hack #50. iTunes Keyboard Shortcuts

The first rule of any power user is to use keyboard shortcuts. This hack introduces you to all the shortcuts available to iTunes users.

Apple engineers have been kind enough to include a veritable bounty of keyboard shortcuts in iTunes. In fact, after learning all of these shortcuts, you can toss your mouse out the window—well, not quite. However, Mac and Windows users alike can control iTunes much more quickly and easily with these keyboard shortcuts than by navigating with a mouse.

Tables 4-1 through 4-13 list the keyboard shortcuts available for iTunes. Windows users should substitute the

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key with the Control key. Of course, you can also right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac) to display a list of commonly available options.

Table 4-1. Playback shortcuts

Action

Shortcut

Play the selected song immediately

Return

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)

Rewind or fast-forward to the next song in a list

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-left arrow or right arrow (or click the Skip list Forward or Skip Backward controls in the upper-left corner of the iTunes window)

Table 4-2. Library and playlist shortcuts

Action

Shortcut

Create a playlist from a selection of songs

Shift-click the Add (+) button (or drag the songs to the white area of the Source list)

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 list without confirming you want to delete it

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-Delete

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

Option-Delete

Delete the selected song from your library and Option-Delete all playlists

Option-Delete

Table 4-3. iTunes Music Store shortcuts

Action

Shortcut

Go to the next page in the Music Store

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-right bracket (])

Go to the previous page in the Music Store

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-left bracket ([)

Table 4-4. File and window shortcuts

Action

Shortcut

Check or uncheck all the songs in a list

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-click the checkbox next to a song

Change the song information columns you see

Control-click a column heading

Expand or collapse all the triangles in the Radios Stream's list

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-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

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-drag the resize box in the lower-right corner of the window

Shrink the iTunes window to show only the playback controls

Click the zoom control in the upper-left corner of the iTunes window

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

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-N or

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-P

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

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-click left bracket ([) or right bracket (])

Table 4-5. iPod shortcut

Action

Shortcut

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

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-Option as you connect the iPod to your computer (hold the keys down until the iPod appears in the iTunes Source list)

Table 4-6. Audible shortcuts

Action

Shortcut

Go to the next chapter (if available)

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-Shift–right arrow

Go to the last chapter (if available)

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-Shift–left arrow

Table 4-7. iTunes menu shortcuts

Action

Shortcut

Open iTunes preferences

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-, (comma)

Hide the iTunes window

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-H

Hide all other applications

Option-

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-H

Quit the iTunes application

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;C-Q

Table 4-8. File menu shortcuts

Action

Shortcut

Create a new playlist

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-N

Create a new playlist with the selected songs

Shift-

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-N

Create a new Smart Playlist

Option-

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-N

Add a file to the Library

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-O

Close the iTunes window

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-W

Import a song, playlist, or library file

Shift-

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-O

Open the song or CD Info window for the selected song or CD

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-I

Show where a song file is located

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-R

Show the currently playing song in the list

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-L

Table 4-9. Edit menu shortcuts

Action

Shortcut

Undo your last action

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-Z

Cut the selected song's information

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-X

Copy the selected song's information

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-C

Paste the selected song's information

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-V

Select all the songs in the list

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-A,

Deselect all the songs in the list

Shift-

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-A

Hide or show the Artist and Album columns

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-B

Hide or show the song artwork

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-G

Open the View Options window for the selected source

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-J

Table 4-10. Controls menu shortcuts

Action

Shortcut

Stop or start playing the selected song

Spacebar

Move to the next song

Up arrow

Move to the previous song

Down arrow

Play a song

Return

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

Up arrow

Decrease the volume

Down arrow

Mute the sound (song keeps playing)

Option-

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–down arrow

Table 4-11. Visualizer menu shortcuts

Action

Shortcut

Turn the visualizer on or off

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-T

Make visual effects take up the entire screen (when visualizer is on)

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-F

Table 4-12. Advanced menu shortcuts

Action

Shortcut

Stream the audio file at a specific URL to iTunes

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-U

Table 4-13. Window menu shortcuts

Action

Shortcut

Put the iTunes window in the Dock (Mac only) or switch to mini iTunes player (Windows only)

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-M

View the iTunes window

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-1

View the Equalizer window

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-2

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