I use the 3.0.10 latest VLC Media player. I am not able to skip forward or backward using the shortcut keys(Alt+Right or Alt+Left). If I try the shortcut keys, this make the video to start from the beginning again.

  • Are you sure you're not using alt/grp to the right of the space bar? That will by default make a much larger jump.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented May 12, 2020 at 9:53
  • @Tetsujin, I tried the keys of left and right of space bar and same behavior. One thing I noticed is that , this happens with a mpg video file.
    – Franc
    Commented May 12, 2020 at 11:17
  • Try clearing the prefs. You can do it if you re-install, but I think there should be an option somewhere inside the prefs themselves. [I'm not on Windows so can't check where it is]
    – Tetsujin
    Commented May 12, 2020 at 11:22
  • @Tetsujin , Tried that , it didn't help.
    – Franc
    Commented May 12, 2020 at 18:37
  • Then you have something else interfering… & you need to figure out what it might be.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented May 12, 2020 at 19:11

3 Answers 3


I had to disable Fast Seek in the Input/Codecs -> Playback control section (or under Codecs in simple mode) and restart VLC; otherwise, it would often fail to skip forward or backward.

  • This solved my short jump problem, Thank you!
    – walknotes
    Commented Jan 9 at 0:03
  • In VLC, open Tools | Prefernces.
  • Click Show Settings | All.
  • In the Advanced Preferences settings,select Interface | Hotkey settings.
  • Scroll to Short backwards jump and Short forward jump, check the settings and test them.
  • If for some reason you can't make them work with the defaults, AltLeft and AltRight, try using a different key combination.

VLC - Set Hotkeys


If the VLC player version you are currently using automatically shoots back to the beginning of your video when you attempt to drag or fast-forward through it, try installing an earlier version. Just remember to uninstall your problematic version beforehand.

I had such issues when trying to fast-forward through .avi files so I installed my original VLC version 2.2.1 which has since always worked for me without such glitches.

CAUTION: prevent your functioning VLC version from automatically updating by clicking on Tools, Preferences, and UNCHECKING the box "Activate Updates Notifier".

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