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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

To change the program that opens a media file-

Right-click the file you want to open with VLC, and then click Properties.

On the General tab, click Change.

Click the name of the program (VLC) in which you want the file to open.

This change affects all files that have the same file name extension as the file you selected. For example, if you change the program that opens a .jpg file, all .jpg files will open in this program.

You can also change the program that opens a file by right-clicking the file, clicking Open With, and then clicking the program name.

If VLC is not displayed, click Browse to locate it on your hard drive.

Alternatively, you can just associate media files on install.

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