Suppose I am watching a video on YouTube and want to watch another video. Is there a way to go to the search bar directly with a keyboard shortcut? I don't want to grab my mouse, focus on the small bar and go back to the keyboard again.


It's the forward-slash key (/).

This also works for searching in Google Maps.

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If you are within the focus of Flash, all your keyboard shortcuts do not work. All of these are limited to Flash, so tab will switch between different features of the player. (See this Superuser question.)

If you do alt+tab and then alt+tab again to regain focus of the browser, your keyboard controls are back; maybe a single tab or couple of tabs after that will take you to YouTube search.

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This depends on your browser.

For Firefox, while a video is playing, press the TAB key to get the cursor in the search bar.

For IE9, while a video is playing, you need to press the TAB key 5 times to go inside the search bar.

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    I am using firefox, but this trick doesn't work all the time. It works if you just clicked a link and are watching a video directly. But when you have paused and played the video or did some other actions in the flash menu, the TAB button will continue from there. – Marnix May 18 '12 at 7:55
  • Oh I see but there is no native YouTube shortcut to go inside the search bar. This is the only solution that I can think of. – Mehper C. Palavuzlar May 18 '12 at 11:26
  • Well that's a pity. I was hoping for some special secret nobody knew of. – Marnix May 18 '12 at 12:36

Unfortunately, there is not a specific shortcut but this is the only way I can think of instead:

For Firefox: press Alt+D, then Tabx3 while you are on YouTube.

For Chrome: press Alt+D, then Tabx1 while you are on YouTube.

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For Chrome, press the TAB button 3 x.

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  • This simply doesn't work - if it works at all it will be dependent on which element currently has focus. – MrWhite Sep 27 '16 at 19:58

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