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iTunes 11: Keyboard shortcut to clear currently playing track Apps
Even though iTunes is my bailiwick over at Macworld, I've found the new Up Next feature to be quite confusing. It's taken me a while to suss out all its details and I've figured it out, but I find it quite confusing.

In updating my Take Control of iTunes: The FAQ ebook, my editor, Michael Cohen, noted a useful keyboard shortcut for working with Up Next. If you press Command-. (that's a period), this stops playback and clears the currently playing track from the iTunes LCD. I haven't yet found a way to clear the Up Next queue from the keyboard, however. If anyone's spotted a shortcut for that, feel free to post it in the comments or submit it as a hint. (As a reminder, you can display the Up Next queue by pressing Command-Option-U.)
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iTunes 11: Keyboard shortcut to clear currently playing track
Authored by: llee on Dec 26, '12 11:42:11PM

Keyboard shortcuts to clear the Up Next list without stopping playback:

It's important to note that Up Next must contain something, or the following procedure will simply stop playback. Open Up Next with Command-Option-U, press shift-tab two times (until the "Clear" button is highlighted), then press the spacebar to "click" that button. Esc. will close the Up Next list. (It's important to note that "All controls" must be checked at the bottom of the Keyboard Shortcuts segment tab in the Keyboard pane of System Preferences. This setting can normally be toggled with ctl-F7, but the FN key may also be needed depending on other Keyboard settings.)

I recently included this information in my recent hint entitled "iTunes 11: Use Up Next to play one song then stop playback".



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iTunes 11: Keyboard shortcut to clear currently playing track
Authored by: kirkmc on Dec 27, '12 01:03:21AM

Right, but that only works with full keyboard access; it's not a keyboard shortcut.

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iTunes 11: Keyboard shortcut to clear currently playing track
Authored by: llee on Dec 28, '12 11:56:54PM

I'm not sure it qualifies as the solution, but it may be interesting to note that if Up Next is empty and closed, and you add the selected item to it by pressing "+" and return, you can begin playback of the item you added as well as remove it from Up Next by pressing cmd-opt-U to open it, then pressing down-arrow to select the item, then pressing return.



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iTunes 11: Keyboard shortcut to clear currently playing track
Authored by: lairdo on Jan 07, '13 02:15:04PM

In terms of clearing the entire up next queue? I know you can remove individual items by selecting them and hitting delete. So, cmd-opt-u to open the queue and then the arrow keys to highlight. Delete to remove.

I also have not found a way to clear the whole list other than when adding something else and having it ask me to clear the old list.



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