I have a mixed playlist of videos / songs. When its playing a song and the next one is a video, VLC switches to video mode.

I would rather like it to stay in playlist mode and show the video in the bottom left corner like it does when i click the playlist button on video mode.

How can I set VLC to remain in playlist mode when a video starts playing?


Go to preferences and Select the Video tab and uncheck "enable video" . Now you can listen to video songs without the video propping up.

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    Wow, that's a confusingly named option. I would expect unchecking something called "enable video" to disable all video related features. And not just to disable activating the video view in some circumstances. But indeed, that is exactly what it does. Clicking the button that toggles the playlist view still goes to the video view if you toggle away from the playlist view. Dec 13 '18 at 13:32
  • Actually, it doesn't. When I start a video from the file manager, it shows the playlist (normal, I guess), but when I turn off the playlist, it just shows the VLC logo instead of the video. I have to then select the video track every time. Dec 18 '18 at 13:35
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    it just disables video, but I just want to disable hiding playlist/library when I double click a video from a playlist. So I still want to keep a video stream
    – user25
    Feb 12 '19 at 19:01

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