As you continue your learning on Udemy, you can access keyboard shortcuts to move efficiently through your course. This article explains how to use these shortcuts in your course player.
Please note: If you are having trouble accessing the shortcuts, please try clicking on the video and trying again. If issues persist, please view our article on troubleshooting video issues.
How to use keyboard shortcuts
You can access your keyboard shortcuts while playing video lectures in the course player.
- Learn how to access and use the course player.
A list of keyboard shortcuts is available below. They can also be viewed by clicking on the Settings (gear) icon at the bottom right of the course player.
- Pause/play: Space Bar
- Speed slower: Shift and Left Arrow Keys
- Speed faster: Shift and Right Arrow Keys
- Fullscreen: F Key
- Exit fullscreen: Esc Key
- Add note: B Key
- Go back 5 seconds: Left Arrow Key
- Go forward 5 seconds: Right Arrow Key
- Volume up: Up Arrow Key
- Volume down: Down Arrow Key
- Mute: M Key
- Access Keyboard shortcuts: ? (Question mark) Key
Using the Notes feature is an easy and quick way to mark important points of a lecture, without leaving the course player, so you can quickly return to it in the future. This article outlines how you can add Notes to course lectures, and access them moving forward, while taking your course on a browser.
- Using our mobile app? Learn how to create and access notes on the Udemy mobile app.
How to add a note to a lecture
If you wish to take a note within a specific point of a lecture, please follow the steps below:
1. When you come to a point in the lecture you would like to add a note, click the Notes tab below the screen. You can also use the keyboard shortcut "b" or “n” to create a note while watching video lectures.
To add a note while watching your course in fullscreen, simply select the note icon at the bottom of your course player.
2. If you wish to type a longer note, type your note in the field and hit enter to save it. Your note can include up to 1,000 characters. If you wish to create a note without adding text, simply click enter or select Save note.
3. The note will be indicated by a yellow bar. Moments where other students have taken notes will be indicated by blue bars (please note: the text within your note will not be visible to other students).
How to access your notes
You can access notes by selecting the Notes tab in your course player. In this tab you can filter your notes by lecture, course, or recency. All notes for your course can be found within that tab. To go directly to a moment you’ve added a note to within a course, simply click on the note you wish to view, and you will be directed to that point in the lecture player.
You can also jump directly to any point you’ve added a note in a lecture, by clicking on the corresponding, yellow bar in the course player.
How to edit or delete notes
If you wish to edit the text you’ve entered for a note, please follow the steps below:
- Navigate to the note that you wish to change from the Notes tab in your course taking experience
- In the upper right hand corner of your note, select the edit icon
- Type the change that you wish to make and click enter
If you need to delete a note, select the trashcan icon located on the upper right hand corner of your note.
Although you can see at what junctures of a course other learners have created notes, only you can view the text for the notes you created.
Lectures will be automatically marked as complete once you have watched every minute of the lecture, but, if you need to manually mark the lecture as complete, you can easily do so. This article explains how to mark or unmark a lecture as complete while using a browser.
Lectures marked as complete
Lectures that have been completed will have a checkmark beside the lecture title in the course player. If the square is blank, however, then the lecture is not marked as complete.
How to mark a lecture as complete while using a browser
You can mark a lecture as complete by following the steps below:
- Move your cursor to the course curriculum in the right hand side of the course player.
- Click on the lecture you wish to mark as complete.
- Click the blank square beside the lecture.
Unmarking lectures as complete
If you mark a lecture as complete by accident, or decide you wish to take a lecture again and want its completion reset, then you can mark the lecture as incomplete. To do so, please follow the same steps outlined above, except in this case, you'll need to click on the completed checkmark to remove it.
Please note that assignments cannot be unmarked as complete.
If you're using Udemy to improve your programming skills, you may want to share your code using the Q&A feature in order to receive feedback or get help. This feature enables you to add syntax highlighting for code blocks and inline code, and this will make your code easier to read and understand.
The steps below will show you how.
How to Highlight Code Blocks in the Q&A
- Code blocks are great when you want to highlight multiple lines of code.
- Navigate to the Q&A box where you wish to enter your code block
- If you want to attach your code to a question, type your question first. Then click, Ask a new question
- Enter the code block you wish to include and highlight it
- Click on the inline code icon in the tool bar
- Then click either Post Question or Add an answer
- Your code will be nicely highlighted
How to Highlight Inline Code in Q&A
Inline code is great to use when you want to highlight a short snippet of code (for example: the definition of a function or the name of a variable) inside a paragraph
- Navigate to the Q&A box where you want to add your code
- If you want to attach your code to a question, type your question first. Then click, Ask a new question
- Fill in what you want to say
- Select the code that you want to highlight
- Click on the inline code icon in the tool bar
- Click either Post Question or Add an answer
- Your inline code should be nicely highlighted!
If you have a question about a lecture or resource for a course you are enrolled in, this article explains how you can quickly search for answers to your question in the Q&A or ask the instructor.
- Accessing Udemy on the mobile app? Learn how to ask course questions on the Udemy mobile app.
- Not enrolled in a course? Learn how to preview and compare courses.
- The Q&A and messaging features are not available in free course enrollments.
- The direct messaging feature is not available on the Udemy mobile app.
- Only enrolled students can message the instructor of a paid course (if messaging is enabled). The direct messaging feature is not available on the Udemy mobile app.
- Can’t find a course you purchased? Review troubleshooting steps to find your missing course.
Table of Contents
- What is the Q&A feature?
- How to access the Q&A
- How to ask a new question
- Follow a question and its responses
- The instructor’s availability
- Edit or delete your question
- Report abuse in Q&A
- How to send a direct message to your course instructor
What is the Q&A feature?
In the Q&A, you can view answers for questions posted by other learners, as well as Featured Questions that instructors or teaching assistants have selected or created for their course.
If you can’t find an answer to your question, you can also ask your question.
How to access the Q&A
To access the Q&A, click the Q&A icon below the course player.
Type your question in the Search all course questions option, and questions and answers containing the same words will also be included.
You can also use the different dropdowns to help you find the information you’re looking for.
How to ask a new question
If your question has not been asked, click Ask a new question, and follow the instructions to submit your question.
- Your question should be focused on course content. Information on certificates and video troubleshooting is available in the Help Center.
- Text must be entered into the Title or Summary field to enable the Publish button.
Follow a question and its responses
You can prioritize questions and responses you wish to monitor in the Q&A. Click on the question, and then click Follow Replies. You will receive a notification when a student or instructor responds.
To stop following a question and the thread of responses, click Following Replies.
The instructor’s availability
When asking a question, be sure to see if the course instructor has posted their availability in the Q&A and when you can expect an answer.
Edit or delete your question
To edit or delete your question, click on the question, and then click on the three dots that appear at the top right of your post.
Please note: The instructor, teaching assistant, or learner who posed the question can delete the post.
Report abuse in Q&A
If you see a question or reply that violates our rules and guidelines, click on the question, and then click on the three dots that appear at the top right of your post.
To report the violation, click Report Abuse.
How to send a direct message to your course instructor
Using the Q&A is typically the fastest way to get answers to questions you have about a course. If direct messaging is enabled, enrolled students can send a message.
- View our rules and guidelines for sending direct messages.
Navigate to your Messages page. Then, follow the instructions to send your message.
Please note: Given courses are owned and managed by the instructors, Udemy does not have any control or information regarding their response time.
You can also access the messaging feature on the instructor’s profile.
1. Click on Overview below the course player. Then, Scroll down to the Instructor section, and click on the instructor's name.
2. If the instructor has turned on their messaging feature, click Send message. Then, follow the instructions to send your message.
If a course you’re taking is subtitled, this article outlines how you can turn them on and off while accessing Udemy on a browser. In addition, this article explains how you can use the transcripts feature to read what the instructor is saying.
If a course is subtitled, this article outlines how you can turn them on and off while accessing Udemy on a browser. In addition, this article explains how you can use the transcripts feature to read what the instructor is saying.
- Learn on how to find courses with subtitles.
- Using the Udemy mobile app? Learn how to how to turn subtitles on and off on the mobile app.
How to turn subtitles on or off
If subtitles are available for a lecture, a closed captions icon will appear at the bottom right of the course player on your browser. Move your cursor to the icon and select the subtitles language you would like to see. To turn subtitles off, however, select the Off option.
You can also adjust the font size of the subtitles, and the background opacity for them, by clicking on Caption Settings. Then click on Font Size or Background Opacity to make the adjustments you wish to see. The option to have the subtitles appear under the course video can also be accessed in the caption settings.
How the language for the subtitles is determined
If your account language is set to any other language than English, then subtitles in this language will appear automatically. If subtitles in your account language aren't available, however, then English subtitles will show instead.
You can turn the subtitles off at anytime by following the steps outlined above in the Turn Subtitles On or Off section. Please note that this turns subtitles off for all subtitled courses.
- Learn how to change your account’s language preferences.
How to access transcripts for the course
The transcripts feature is another way to read text of what instructors are saying, as you progress through their course. In addition, transcripts can help you find relevant content more easily, by providing the ability to easily navigate through text of what the instructor’s said.
You can quickly access the transcripts feature by clicking on the Transcripts at the bottom of the course player.
After you click on Transcripts, text of what the instructor’s said will open on the right-hand panel of the screen. The transcripts will be written in the same language that has been selected for the subtitles.
The current sentence will be highlighted, and then the text will autoscroll, as the instructor continues to speak. You can jump ahead, or back to any moment in the lecture, by clicking on a particular sentence.
How to Report Issues With Subtitles
If you experience issues with the subtitles, please let us know by using the Report a Technical Issue option, which can be accessed by clicking on the gear icon at the bottom right.
Many instructors add supplemental resources to their lectures, like PDFs, design templates or source code, as a means to enhance the learning experience of the course. These resources can quickly be downloaded to your computer and viewed.
If you’re looking for steps on how to access resources on the Udemy mobile app, they can be viewed in the following articles:
How to download course resources
1. When a lecture has resources available for download it will be indicated by a folder icon on the right-hand side of the course player.
2. If you click on the folder icon the title of downloadable resource will appear.
3. To download and open the file on your device, clicking on the resource's title.
Trouble finding a resource? Or is there an issue with it?
If you’re having trouble finding a resource or there’s an issue with it, we recommend contacting the instructor. Since instructors own and manage their course content, they are in the best position to offer you assistance.
This article explains how to change the video quality of your course. While Udemy automatically optimizes video resolution based on your internet connection speed, you can adjust this setting at any time.
- Using your mobile device? Learn how to adjust the video quality on the mobile app.
How to adjust the video quality
After accessing the course player, the video quality can be adjusted by clicking on the Settings (gear) icon and selecting a different resolution.
If your internet speed is low, please try lowering the video quality of the lecture.
- Review additional troubleshooting steps for resolving video issues.
This article explains how to adjust the video speed on your course to play your lectures at a faster or slower speed on your browser.
- Using your mobile device? Learn how to adjust the video speed on the mobile app.
- Experiencing problems? Learn how to troubleshoot video issues.
How to change the video speed
After accessing the course player, click the video speed icon at the bottom-left of the course player and select a different speed.
This article explains how you can check to see if a lecture is enabled for downloading, and how you can download it to your computer if it is.
- Learn more about Udemy and how you can begin taking your course(s) online.
- Course lectures can be downloaded for offline viewing on the Udemy mobile app. More information is available in these articles:
Due to certain platform security measures, the ability to download a lecture video on a computer may not be available for all courses.
How to download a lecture
To check and see if a lecture can be downloaded, move your cursor to the gear icon at the bottom right of the lecture player.
If Download lecture is not grayed out, then you will be able to download it to your computer, by clicking on those two words.
The quality resolution for downloaded videos
Please note that the quality resolution of the downloaded video, will match the quality you had set, when you were viewing the course at Udemy.com. For example, if you're viewing the video with a resolution of 720p, then the video that's downloaded to your desktop or laptop will match this resolution.
- Learn how you can adjust the video quality of a lecture.
The video is taking too long to download
If the lecture is enabled for download to your computer, but it’s taking too long to download the video, please test your internet connection speed. If the internet speed is low (less than 5 Mbps) then please try the following:
- Lower the video quality of the lecture so the file size for the download is smaller (see the section above).
- Restart your modem/router to see if your internet connection improves.
- Try downloading the videos at a time when your internet connection is stronger.
After you’ve enrolled in a Udemy course, starting your learning experience is quick and easy. This article outlines how you can begin your course and adjust the course player settings as you progress through it.
- Using the Udemy mobile app? Learn how to start your course on your mobile device.
Table of Contents:
- Start a course lecture
- Navigate through the course curriculum
- Update course settings
- Change the video quality
- Turn Autoplay on / off
- Change the video speed
- Watch in fullscreen mode
- Expand the screen
- Keyboard shortcuts
Start a course lecture
After enrolling in a course, you can begin it by following the steps below:
1. Log into your Udemy account and click on My learning at the top right-hand of the page.
2. Select the course you wish to take by clicking on the course icon.
3. The first lecture will begin playing in the course player.
Once you've begun a course, you will be automatically returned to where you left off in the course player, the next time you access it.
Navigate through the course curriculum
You can navigate through the course curriculum under Course Content. Move your cursor to scroll through, and click to begin a lecture or course item (such as a quiz or practice test).
Downloadable resources that have been included in lectures can also be accessed in the course curriculum.
- Learn how to download supplemental resources
Update course settings
You can access various course settings by clicking the Settings (gear) icon at the bottom-right of the course player (see image below).
Change the video quality
Learn how to adjust your video quality settings.
Turn Autoplay on / off
Udemy’s course player has an autoplay feature so that the next lecture will play automatically for you. Autoplay is enabled as the default setting. If you prefer to manually start the next lecture, however, click the Settings (gear) icon and then Autoplay to switch the feature off
If, moving forward you decide you would like to turn the autoplay feature back on, please follow the steps outlined above (except toggle Autoplay back on).
Change the video speed
Learn how to change your video speed on the course player.
Watch in fullscreen mode
If you wish to watch a lecture in fullscreen mode, you can do so by clicking the fullscreen icon located in the lower right-hand corner of the course player.
To exit fullscreen mode, tap the ESC key, or click the fullscreen icon and the player will be returned to the original size.
Expand the screen
To view the lecture with an expanded screen, but not in fullscreen, click on Expand at the bottom right.
Learn how to access and use keyboard shortcuts.