Media Center Quick Tip – Remote Shortcuts

Media Center Quick Tip - Remote Shortcuts

The Windows Experts Community wikis are loaded with tons of great information! While browsing through them I found this great article about Remote Control Button Shortcuts. The ones that pertain to fast-forward and skip I already knew about, but I didn’t know about the “previous channel” trick!

From the wiki:

  1. Did you know there IS a “last channel” button on the remote? Just press ‘OK’ and media center will switch back to the last channel you were watching.
  2. Arrow up during a show displays the mini-guide. Very useful for watching the current show, while browsing the guide.
  3. Skip forward, held down, gives you preview skip forward while watching a show.
  4. Typing a number, while watching a show, then pressing fast forward will skip you ahead in that show by the number of minutes & seconds you typed. For example, 1125 will skip you ahead 11 minutes and 25 seconds.
  5. Typing a number, while watching a show, then pressing skip forward (typically 30 seconds), will skip you forward a multiple of 30 seconds. For example, pressing 6 then skip forward will skip you ahead 3 minutes.
  6. Entering a number, then pressing play, will skip you to exactly that time spot in the show.


Source: Windows Experts Community Wiki – Posted by flamingwoodchuck


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Josh Pollard

Josh Pollard

Josh has been writing software since his parents brought home their first computer. His love for gadgets and technology eventually spurred a passion for home theater technology. After starting the DMZ, he received Microsoft’s MVP award for Windows Media Center. Even though the beloved home theater PC platform is all but dead he continues to tinker with consumer entertainment technology. He’s a life-long gamer and DIY smart home enthusiast. He co-hosts the Entertainment 2.0 podcast with Richard Gunther and the DMZ’s gaming podcast, Story Players, with Joe DeStazio.