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Sometimes, instead of using the iTunes buttons to control the playback of your music it's much easier and quicker to use keyboard shortcuts. Like in many applications you can control many of iTunes' most useful functions using only your keyboard. Of course you have to learn these keyboard shortcuts before you can use them. If you go to the Help menu and choose Keyboard Shortcuts and this is the same on both Mac and Windows, you'll get a listing of the keyboard shortcuts available in iTunes and you can see they are arranged by category. We have Playback shortcuts, Library and Playlist shortcuts, iPod shortcuts, iPhone shortcuts and so on and so on.
So for example, here at the top, I can see that the Return key or Enter in Windows will play the selected song from the beginning. So I do have a song here selected in iTunes. So if I press Return on my keyboard you can see it starts playing. (Music playing) Now you may also know that pressing the Spacebar plays and pauses the song too. And we can see here that the difference between the Spacebar and the Return or Enter key is that Return or Enter starts the song playing from the beginning, regardless of whether you're in the middle of the song someplace, while the Spacebar pauses and plays the song from wherever you left off.
Now there are a lot of keyboard shortcuts in here and you probably won't use all of them, but I highly encourage you to check out this list and at least learn the ones under Control menu shortcuts which give you the most common commands like playing and pausing your music, navigating to the previous or next song, increasing or decreasing volume, and ejecting a CD. Now this isn't a requirement of course, but I am a keyboard shortcut user and I just think the most times it's much quicker to use these shortcuts than it is to grab your mouse and move it to the right location in the iTunes window. So just remember this list is available by going to the Help menu and choosing Keyboard Shortcuts and then take some time to look through the list and learn the shortcuts that you think will be most useful to you.
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