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Is it possible to play/pause a movie just by clicking on the window? I really miss this feature from Media Player Classic, but from what I could find, it's not possible in VLC.

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I've created lua extension for doing exactly what you want to do. Please check project at github or videolan addons page

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Aaand... from the project page: "You need to tick it every time you open VLC. This is a limitation of VLC lua api." Why in the hell this has to be so hard ?! – Halil Özgür Oct 20 '13 at 23:57
@HalilÖzgür: as you noticed, "This is a limitation of VLC lua api." +1, but indeed, the need to tick it every time you open VLC is a big downside – cipricus Dec 7 '13 at 16:17
Why on earth it's so hard to bind primary click to play/pause in such a popular player? This shouldn't even need an extension. And then, the requirement of the extension is ridiculous, regardless of the origin. For this reason I'm using SMPlayer. – Halil Özgür Dec 7 '13 at 21:46
Even worse, this extension doesn't work with newer versions of vlc. The vlc.var.add_callback method has been removed from the lua API. I am unaware of another way to bind functions in a lua extension to a key. – con-f-use Jan 2 at 14:53
It's true, seems like there is no way to do this with lua anymore. Instead, take a look at nurupo's pause-click-plugin Worked for me some time ago. – 3demax Jan 9 at 19:27

There is a tool called Nifty Windows, it allows you to associate an action with a press of the mouse. These actions can be key combinations, or execution of a program.

Hope this helps.

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Not a bad idea, although a bit overkill :). – alex Aug 5 '10 at 20:57
of course! but that's the only way i know of! – bryan Aug 5 '10 at 22:24
does that work in Vista, win7 and above? – cipricus Dec 7 '13 at 16:22
It worked in Vista and Windows 7. Have not tried in Windows 8 – bryan Dec 9 '13 at 19:01

If you right click on the VLC window a menu list comes up with play, pause and more yepon it. I use this all the time.

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It's ok, but not what I want. I want to left click and pause. – alex Aug 5 '10 at 20:56
just a related tip: drag with right mouse button in the direction of "play/pause" option instead. it's a bit faster and barely worse than single click play/pause – a13ph May 20 '14 at 22:16

I am using X-mouse button control and it does exactly what you are asking.

Only be sure to use "simulated keys" {SPACE} and untick "block original mouse input" to allow double clicking.

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This extension of VLC does pause/play with a single click on the screen. It works with versions 2.1, 2.2 and 3.0.

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