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The Windows port of VLC usually starts up with the WxWindows interface which is used in the Linux one as well. The user can decide to use the Skins interface instead to be able to modify the interface according to his or her mood.

Keyboard shortcuts in the Windows (directx) video output

Note: these shortcuts are only default settings and can be customized (along with many others). To tweak hotkeys settings, go to Settings->Preferences->Hot keys

  • Left/Right/Up/Down/Enter: DVD menus navigation keys
  • Page Up/Page Down: seek (10 secs)
  • Home/End: Beginning/End of file
  • Space: Pause/Play
  • a/A/z/Z: Volume Control
  • f/F: fullscreen
  • q/Q: quit vlc
  • Esc: exit fullscreen/Stop input

How to associate media files to VLC

Warning: do this association only if you realy know what you are doing!

VLC hasn't got a module to associate files, so that if you click on a file VLC opens. But you can do it by yourself, follow this istructions:

  • Open a text editor like Notepad.
  • Copy this text:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00









@="VLC File"


@="C:\\Programs\\VideoLAN\\VLC\\vlc.exe \"%L\""
  • Modify the strings C:\\Programs\\VideoLAN\\VLC\\vlc.exe to match to your VLC installation.
  • Save as vlc.reg.
  • Execute vlc.reg (ad it to you registry).
  • Enjoy VLC :)

Note: This associate asf, asx, avi, divx, mpeg, mpg, vob and wmv files, if you get the idea you can associate any file you want.

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