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My Question or Issue:
Hi! I've been wondering how to enable hotkeys while Spotify is minimized? My keyboard has no next/previous/play/pause keys so I'd like to be able to use ctrl+arrow to quickly browse without having to maximize the program.
I've already checked relevant threads, but none of the solutions appear to work for me. The threads were too old to reply to, hence this new one.
Stuff I tried:
Disabling media key handling in Brave
Turning off programs I think may cause a hotkey conflict
Checked whether I had Google Play extensions in Brave (I don't!)
I don't have an FN key, so it can't be that. Hotkeys work fine when Spotify is maximized. I'm not sure if the keys not working while the program is minimized is intentional or not.
Can anyone help me out? I'm not looking for third party software. Thanks!
Solved! Go to Solution.
Spotify does not have global hotkeys by default unfortunately.
There are people using various keyboard mapping apps such as AutoHotkey (where you have to write a script for this) or Hotkeyz. There also used to be a little app called Toastify, which was built for global Spotify hotkeys. I am not sure if this app is functional any longer though. Very likely not.
There are many different AutoHotkey scripts for Spotify. Again I can't tell which ones should work, but if you find something newer, it should work.
The only OS I have successfully managed to create global hotkeys for Spotify is.. Linux. 🙂 No scripts, no installing of apps, just a dbus command and its designated key combination.
I haven't found anything on Windows that would send commands to programs like that, yet.
I wish I could help you better, but I was troubled with this myself on Windows. Ended up using other keyboard shortcuts to quickly navigate to Spotify and back.
Have a nice day!