I'm on Windows 10 64 bit, Using spotify desktop free version. Is there a way to create keyboard Spotify shortcuts to pause/play and skip tracks, while outside Spotify? I don't want to keep opening it. I might be browsing or coding, I need quick shortcuts.
Try Toastify. From the website: "Toastify adds some missing functionallity to the Spotify client(Windows only). It shows a popup, toast style, dialog on track change and it allows you to use global hot keys for Play/Pause, Next, Previous etc." I've used it before to add hotkeys in Windows 7 and 8, works pretty well.
This feature has already been requested, and Spotify developers have manifested their lack of interest in adding it in the near future:
Hey everyone, Spotify Staff here. We wanted to update this idea as it's continued to gain kudos. Right now we don't have any plans to implement this so we're marking it as 'Not Right Now'.
However, you can still solve it with third party softare, like AutoHotkey. Once you have installed it, you only have to add a script like the following:
!Left::Media_Prev !Right::Media_Next !DOWN::Media_Play_Pause
This will assign the following shortcuts:
- Alt + → (right arrow) to skip to the next song
- Alt + ← (left arrow) to go to the previous song
- Alt + ↓ (down arrow) to play/pause the currently playing song
Of course, you can modify the script to fit your key preferences. More info about that in AutoKotkey docs.
The benefits of this is that it will work with other media playing programs, such as VLC or Windows Media Player, because they trigger the OS's media keys.