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Is there a plugin for this?

I'd really like to be able to pause/play/skip in VLC from the sound menu.

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Have you seen this post on webupd8? Between it and this one you can probably get what you want. Posting as a comment since I've only tried the second one (I don't use VLC). – Tom Brossman Jul 8 '12 at 7:08
@TomBrossman, thats what i wanted! if you make that an answer i will accept it, thanks – kernel_panic Jul 9 '12 at 15:52
up vote 10 down vote accepted

Support for this exists in VLC 2.0 and newer. If you have an older VLC you can get the new version by following these instructions:

First run VLC, then in the menu go to Tools -> Preferences (or just hit Ctrl-P.

Then change the preferences to show you all:

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and then go to Interface, Control interfaces, and DBus and check the DBUS service id checkbox.

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Then you'll need to quit VLC and run it again for the setting to take effect.

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I'm running VLC 2.0.5 and this option is not present within 'Control Interfaces' – Insperatus Feb 22 '13 at 2:41
Added the VLC daily stable PPA and upgraded to 2.0.6 at which point 'D-Bus Control Interface' shows up with a checkbox in the main 'Control Interfaces' dialog. – Insperatus Feb 22 '13 at 2:57
using 2.1.8 and i dont see the dbus even in the control interface – Nick Bailuc May 24 '14 at 19:14
DBus control removed with VLC 2.1 release. It's started by default/automatically. Commit that removed it: DBus: remove from list of "control" interfaces – Sneetsher Jun 17 '14 at 7:11 seems to be a good blog

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Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – fossfreedom Mar 2 '12 at 11:11
someone would know how to put vlc keyboard shortcuts, ie example (ctr + s = next track ..) having vlc minimized by placing it in keyboard options shortcuts do not work for vlc – roberss Mar 2 '12 at 11:29

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