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.

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

This also works for searching in Google Maps.

Source for this and other YouTube keyboard shortcuts:

  • On a German keyboard, it's the hash key (#).
    – snwflk
    Commented Aug 23, 2021 at 13:58

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.


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
    Commented May 18, 2012 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. Commented May 18, 2012 at 11:26
  • Well that's a pity. I was hoping for some special secret nobody knew of.
    – Marnix
    Commented May 18, 2012 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.


Forward-slash (/) doesn't work for me unfortunately. But there are extensions like Search Box Focus that actually work on any website, including Youtube. Though, you have to use Chrome or a browser that allows you to install chrome extensions such as Opera.


For Chrome, press the TAB button 3 x.

  • This simply doesn't work - if it works at all it will be dependent on which element currently has focus.
    – MrWhite
    Commented Sep 27, 2016 at 19:58

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