Up-to-date with version 3.0.5903

MusicBee offers over 150 assignable hotkey commands, only some of which are configured at installation. The full list can be found on the Hotkeys page of Preferences.

Hotkey Configuration Edit

Preferences Hotkeys


To assign a new hotkey or change an existing one, click the command you want to assign in the list, press the key or combination of keys you want to associate with it, then click the Assign button. If you attempt to assign a key that is already assigned to another command, you will see a warning icon and MusicBee will give you a confirmation dialog when you click Assign.

A global hotkey is one which works even when MusicBee is not the active program.

All hotkey commands can also be assigned as command buttons.

Defaults Edit

These are the hotkeys assigned when MusicBee is installed.

Action Hotkey
Edit: Amend Clicked ColumnF2
Edit: Configure MusicBee PreferencesCtrl+O
Edit: Copy Tags and Artwork OnlyCtrl+C
Edit: Custom SearchCtrl+F
Edit: Edit TagsShift+Enter
Edit: Paste Copied TagsCtrl+V
Edit: Select AllCtrl+A
File: Remove (Delete)Delete*
File: Remove (Hard Delete)Shift+Delete*
File: Rescan/Add FilesInsert
General: RefreshF5
Multimedia: NextMediaNextTrack (global)
Multimedia: Play/PauseMediaPlayPause (global)
Multimedia: PreviousMediaPreviousTrack (global)
Multimedia: StopMediaStop (global)
Now Playing: Start/End BookmarkCtrl+D
Playback: Play Next TrackCtrl+N
Playback: Play NowAlt+Enter
Playback: Play/PauseCtrl+P
Playback: Previous TrackCtrl+B
Playback: Queue LastCtrl+Enter
Playback: Queue NextCtrl+Shift+Enter
Playback: StopCtrl+S
Player: Volume DownCtrl+Alt+Down
Player: Volume Mute On/OffCtrl+Alt+V
Player: Volume UpCtrl+Alt+Up
Rating Now Playing: 0.5 stars DownCtrl+Alt+NumMinus
Rating Now Playing: 0.5 stars UpCtrl+Alt+NumPlus
Rating Now Playing: 0 starsCtrl+Alt+0
Rating Now Playing: 1 starsCtrl+Alt+1
Rating Now Playing: 2 starsCtrl+Alt+2
Rating Now Playing: 3 starsCtrl+Alt+3
Rating Now Playing: 4 starsCtrl+Alt+4
Rating Now Playing: 5 starsCtrl+Alt+5
Rating Now Playing: UnratedCtrl+Alt+-
Rating Selected Tracks: 0.5 stars DownAlt+NumMinus
Rating Selected Tracks: 0.5 stars UpAlt+NumPlus
Rating Selected Tracks: 0 starsAlt+0
Rating Selected Tracks: 1 starsAlt+1
Rating Selected Tracks: 2 starsAlt+2
Rating Selected Tracks: 3 starsAlt+3
Rating Selected Tracks: 4 starsAlt+4
Rating Selected Tracks: 5 starsAlt+5
Rating Selected Tracks: UnratedAlt+-
Tabs: Close TabCtrl+W
Tabs: Create New TabCtrl+T
Tools: Analyze VolumeCtrl+Shift+V
Tools: Auto-Organize FilesCtrl+R
Tools: Auto-Tag by AlbumCtrl+Shift+T
Tools: Auto-Tag by Track - Update TagsCtrl+L
Tools: Rip CDAlt+R
View: Show Now Playing AssistantAlt+J (global)
View: Show Now Playing Track FinderAlt+F
View: Show Tag ManagerAlt+E
View: Show Visualizer Full ScreenF11

Delete and Shift+Delete are assigned as hotkeys but are not in the list because they cannot be reassigned. Delete acts like the Delete menu command (Remove, in playlists). Shift+Delete will remove selected tracks from playlists and the library and send the files to the Recycle Bin. Whether you get a warning for this will depend on your Confirmation Settings.

Mouse Buttons Edit

The left mouse button, right mouse button, and mouse wheel behave pretty much as you would expect in any Windows program. Context menus can be accessed with the right mouse button in almost any part of MusicBee.

center mouse button

These shortcuts are not listed, but may be helpful to know:

  • Using the center mouse button on a track in the main panel will filter your library by whatever tag you clicked on.
  • Using the center mouse button on any of the Navigator nodes or playlists will open that section of your library in a new tab.
actions for 5 button mouses

The options for additional mouse buttons are:

  • Default
  • Playback: Previous (left) or Next (right) track (Default)
  • General: Navigate Back (left) or Forward (right)


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