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I use keyboard shortcuts for almost everything: moving between tabs, windows etc.

YouTube has many shortcuts for play/pause, next, mute, etc. but those only apply when you have the focus on the video.

Are there shortcuts for those actions outside of the video focus? Is there perhaps an extension which creates such shortcuts?

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I wish there was a solution to this. But in case anyone else stumbles upon this page I encourage you to try: youtube.com/leanback –  Sridhar-Sarnobat Apr 13 '14 at 4:43
Pretty nasty, but pressing Tab 4 times should give focus to the player, after which you can use the shortcut keys. –  cmbuckley Feb 13 at 0:09

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