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How to control Spotify Web Player with Chrome Keyboard Shortcuts

Spotify now becomes one of the biggest music streaming services in the world. It has even been more popular since the return of Taylor Swift in 2017.

It is much easier to use Spotify on Chromebook thanks to the official, smooth and feature-packed Web Player. Although it sounds as impressive as a native desktop app, the Spotify web player can be set to run in its own window to lend it the illusion of “app-iness”.

However, maybe it is not enough to satisfy you? You need more than the illusion of integration? Even when Spotify is minimised in the background, you still want to control playback with some keyboard hotkeys.

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Spotify Web Player Hotkey is a nifty Chrome extension that enables you to set up regular keyboard shortcuts to pause, play next and previous tracks in Spotify’s online app.

The following key combos, all set to work when Chrome is in focus (i.e., you’re in a different tab, are defaulted:

Alt + Shift + P — Play/Pause

Alt + Shift + Period — Next Track

Alt + Shift + Comma — Previous Track

These may not be your tastes. The extension lets you to change them to a preferred combination of keys (so long as they don’t conflict with existing system functions, e.g., Ctrl + C).

To do this head to Extensions > Keyboard Shortcuts > Spotify Web Player Hotkeys and click in the box, press some keys and away you go.

You want the keyboard shortcuts to work globally? It does mean you can control playback while working in Microsoft Word or browsing photos in Pixsta. You can do it but don’t forget to pay attention to conflicts.

The extension is a free add-on working exclusively with the Spotify Web Player available at play.spotify.com.

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