Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I am used to using Ctrll to access my address bar. Unfortunately YouTube "helpfully" defines Ctrll as a hotkey to jump forward several seconds in the currently playing video, so I need a way to stop YouTube from adding that key binding. A Greasemonkey/Scriptish userscript that disables the binding after page load would be acceptable.

To be clear, this is while I am on a YouTube video's page, not on a third-party site that has embedded a YouTube video, and the behavior occurs when the Flash player does not have focus.

Note: I am aware that Altd does the same as Ctrll in Firefox, but I'm too used to Ctrll and I'd rather not be forced to switch.

Edit: OS-specific solutions are less desirable since I use multiple OSes; in-browser solutions are preferred.

share|improve this question
Which operating system? – iglvzx Jun 12 '12 at 23:07
The OS is not relevant. This is YouTube telling the browser, in this case Firefox, to do something I don't want. (And before I am asked, yes, I verified that this happens regardless of OS.) – Heptite Jun 12 '12 at 23:34
Oh. I know. If you are on Windows, I would suggest AutoHotkey to easily work around this. – iglvzx Jun 13 '12 at 1:40
F6 also selects the address bar in FF with the bonus not only is it one less keystroke, but also works in IE. (Opera uses F8, though.) However, Google have been adding more keystroke shortcuts to their websites, obviously believing that if you want to interact with the browser itself, you should grab the mouse. – staticsan Jun 19 '12 at 0:56

First, the bug has been around since 2001. Or earlier. It was reported as far back as that.

Reported: 2001-05-01 14:28 PDT

Mozilla Bug Report. Which tells you that not only is Mozilla aware of it, but they've known about it for a while. Oh, and I know that seems to be a more generic bug report, but this one here is more recent, and more specific to your issue, and is tagged as a duplicate of the first I linked you to.

That said, there is code to disable some (most?) Youtube keyboard shortcuts... but it must be added to the embedded tags when the video is put in the web page.


There are numerous sites on the web passing that information out, here is just one. Unfortunately, I believe that if this was as simple as running a Greasemonkey script to add that code to any YouTUbe emedded video tags as you load the page, it would have been done already. By the people at Mozilla.

Now, I spent some time digging through the Addons at Firefox, and I came across this one called Stylish, which enables you to personalize your experience at sites like Youtube. I don't know personally, but depending on the level of customization, and exactly how it does what it does, you might be able to get it to inject the code.

There are Greasemonkey scripts that alter your Youtube experience like this one, but none detail the ability to disable keyboard shortcuts. However, either the author of the script didn't consider it, or it was never suggested to them.

share|improve this answer
Stylish is for CSS. It does not let you modify source code as Greasemonkey does with JavaScript. – iglvzx Jun 13 '12 at 1:39
@iglvzx I was afraid of that. But I couldn't find a greasemonkey script already out there that would let you inject that code into a Youtube page and embedded video code... because of how it works I guess. – Bon Gart Jun 13 '12 at 1:41
The code used to display videos on a YouTube page is different than the embed HTML they give you. I'm not sure if the disablekb query would work here. – iglvzx Jun 13 '12 at 1:47
@iglvzx There is that too. Again, this could be why the issue has existed for more than 11 years now. – Bon Gart Jun 13 '12 at 1:48
Interestingly, control-l still skips forward in the video even when the Flash based player does not have focus, although it does also select the location bar. I still want to suppress the skip-forward part, though. – Heptite Jun 13 '12 at 3:43

The simplest solution using AutoHotkey would be to map Ctrl+L to Alt+D when viewing a YouTube page on Firefox:

SetTitleMatchMode, RegEx
#IfWinActive, - YouTube - Mozilla Firefox$
    ^l::SendInput, !d

Since YouTube could change their HTML <title> naming scheme anytime, a more reliable solution would be to replace the first #IfWinActive line with:

#IfWinActive, - Mozilla Firefox$

This will apply to any Firefox tab/window, but you should not notice a difference in functionality.

share|improve this answer
Any idea why this doesn't work unless I place it above all of my other hotkey rules? – Heptite Jun 15 '12 at 6:40
Are you missing any required return statements for any of your other hotkeys? I like to place #IfWinActive blocks at the end of my scripts, with no problems. – iglvzx Jun 15 '12 at 6:46
It appears that if it's below any Capslock:: rule, regardless of what's in it, it doesn't work. – Heptite Jun 15 '12 at 7:05
Scratch that, any rule above it breaks it. This is AutoHotkey_L. – Heptite Jun 15 '12 at 7:24

I had the same problem and wrote a quick fix in a script for use on Firefox in Windows. The script controls ctrl+tab, ctrl+shift+tab and ctrl+l hotkeys when Firefox is active and make them always do the regular Firefox hotkey actions (next tab, previous tab and activate URL toolbar). Works in windowed mode and in full screen mode. Note: the script mouse clicks a neutral spot near the upper left Firefox window corner. If you've altered the GUI via Stylish to cover that spot with e.g. a button then you may need to modify the x/y value of the Click command to target some other non-button spot. If you want this script to work for ctrl+l only then remove the second and third line of code.

edit: sorry, the default x/y value below might not work well in maximized window mode depending on how you display your Firefox button. Again, modify the x/y to target a non-button spot for example a few pixels to the right of the Firefox button.

#IfWinActive, ahk_class MozillaWindowClass
SetDefaultMouseSpeed, 0
MouseGetPos, mx, my
click 2,2
if A_ThisHotkey = ^Tab
 send ^{tab}
if A_ThisHotkey = ^+Tab
 send ^+{tab}
if A_ThisHotkey = ^l
 send ^l
MouseMove, %mx%,%my%


SystemCursor(OnOff=1)   ; INIT = "I","Init"; OFF = 0,"Off"; TOGGLE = -1,"T","Toggle"; ON = others
    static AndMask, XorMask, $, h_cursor
        ,c0,c1,c2,c3,c4,c5,c6,c7,c8,c9,c10,c11,c12,c13 ; system cursors
        , b1,b2,b3,b4,b5,b6,b7,b8,b9,b10,b11,b12,b13   ; blank cursors
        , h1,h2,h3,h4,h5,h6,h7,h8,h9,h10,h11,h12,h13   ; handles of default cursors
    if (OnOff = "Init" or OnOff = "I" or $ = "")       ; init when requested or at first call
        $ = h                                          ; active default cursors
        VarSetCapacity( h_cursor,4444, 1 )
        VarSetCapacity( AndMask, 32*4, 0xFF )
        VarSetCapacity( XorMask, 32*4, 0 )
        system_cursors = 32512,32513,32514,32515,32516,32642,32643,32644,32645,32646,32648,32649,32650
        StringSplit c, system_cursors, `,
        Loop %c0%
            h_cursor   := DllCall( "LoadCursor", "uint",0, "uint",c%A_Index% )
            h%A_Index% := DllCall( "CopyImage",  "uint",h_cursor, "uint",2, "int",0, "int",0, "uint",0 )
            b%A_Index% := DllCall("CreateCursor","uint",0, "int",0, "int",0
                , "int",32, "int",32, "uint",&AndMask, "uint",&XorMask )
    if (OnOff = 0 or OnOff = "Off" or $ = "h" and (OnOff < 0 or OnOff = "Toggle" or OnOff = "T"))
        $ = b  ; use blank cursors
        $ = h  ; use the saved cursors

    Loop %c0%
        h_cursor := DllCall( "CopyImage", "uint",%$%%A_Index%, "uint",2, "int",0, "int",0, "uint",0 )
        DllCall( "SetSystemCursor", "uint",h_cursor, "uint",c%A_Index% )
share|improve this answer
This is overly complex. – iglvzx Jun 14 '12 at 20:46
Yes, for only ctrl+l functionality your solution is simpler. But youtube also takes over ctrl+tab and those looking for a fix for that too might find the above useful. – only_passing_by Jun 14 '12 at 21:01

After testing some more I think neither my or iglvzx's AHK code above solves the issue fully even on Firefox in Windows. To reproduce the remaining problem do these steps:

  1. load a youtube clip, for example
  2. click anywhere in the video player, for example the pause button
  3. press tab or ctrl+tab or ctrl+l

result: for ctrl+l nothing happens. For control+tab the player cycles focus to the next control and marks it with a thick yellow border

The autohotkey script does not override youtube's control of those hotkeys when the video player has focus it seems.

share|improve this answer

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .