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Forward and back keyboard shortcuts no longer working

Forward and back keyboard shortcuts no longer working


It's probably a duplicate of Forward and back keyboard shortcut feature no longer working on Mac, but I cannot longer use Ctrl + Left Arrow and Ctrl + Right Arrow to change tracks on Linux.


The regression seems to have appeared on version since I get it working by reverting to version

OS: Ubuntu, Spotify installed with snap.

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Spotify, wth. How can this be an issue for almost 2 years. A lot of us are actually paying for this. Can you please pay more attention and fix this! I doubt it's more than couple of hours of work, especially since it used to work. With the latest version, Ctrl+arrow commands still don't work and there's no workaround

I totally feel your frustration with the keyboard shortcuts not working on Linux. I'm not sure if it's the same issue as the Mac one, but it sounds like it could be related. It's good to know that you were able to get it working again by reverting to an older version of the app. I'm not very familiar with Linux, but have you tried checking if the shortcuts are set up correctly in the system settings? Maybe it's just a matter of changing some settings or updating something. Anyway, I actually found an article recently about quick keys for Excel that has been a game changer for me at work. It's amazing how much time you can save with just a few keyboard shortcuts. Speaking of shortcuts, maybe there's a keyboard shortcut for changing tracks on Spotify that you haven't tried yet?

Spotify, wth. How many years it takes to fix a simple problem like this? Would you mind updating us on the actual progress of this and when it's gonna be fixed, with a particular release date rather than the usual**bleep** "we will let the developers know about this".

Why tf is basic functionality like this still broken after almost 2 years

what are we paying for, I've given 270$ to spotify since this broke, give it to an intern and get them to fix in an afternoon

Still not working for me on Lubuntu 22.04.. Can't believe this still doesn't work after all these years.

Downloaded latest 1: on my Xubuntu 22.04.2 -- Christ sake, even poor me can tell that the current issue is inability to detect pressed Ctrl, as all shortcust not involving Ctrl do work, but the most important with Ctrl -- do not.

There. I possibly saved you week of consulter work, with 400 Euro/hour rate -- could you please fix this now, after this and zillion passed years? For paying customer? Eh?

Set keyboard shortcuts

To change the key or keys to be pressed for a keyboard shortcut:

  1. Open the Activities overview and start typing Settings.

  2. Click on Settings.

  3. Click Keyboard in the sidebar to open the panel.

  4. In the Keyboard Shortcuts section, select Customize Shortcuts.

  5. Select the desired category, or enter a search term.

  6. Click the row for the desired action. The Set shortcut window will be shown.

  7. Hold down the desired key combination, or press Backspace to reset, or press Esc to cancel.

On Ubuntu 22.04 All I needed to do is the above followed by choosing the media category and selecting next track and previous track and setting them to ctrl right and ctrl left.

It definitely is correctly detecting a ctrl press and performing appropriate actions correctly. For instance, the following commands work:

  • Ctrl + K: Open search
  • Ctrl + /: Open keyboard shortcut help
  • Ctrl + S: Toggle Shuffle
  • Ctrl + R: Toggle Repeat

It's also correctly detecting arrow keys and performing actions correctly in the following commands:

  • Shift + LeftArrow: Seek Back
  • Shift + RightArrow: Seek Forward

The problem is exclusively with the following Ctrl + Arrow actions:

  • Ctrl + UpArrow: Raise Volume
  • Ctrl + DownArrow: Lower Volume
  • Ctrl + LeftArrow: Previous Track
  • Ctrl + RightArrow: Next Track

This is a two year old regression impacting core functionality for a media app. That's not acceptable.

Still broken in 2023... what the ...?

Still an issue on Archlinux

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