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Makes the YouTube shortcuts work even if the player is not focused. Install Greasemonkey/Tampermonkey first, then click [Raw] to install.
// ==UserScript==
// @name YouTube global shortcuts
// @namespace https://gist.github.com/stefansundin/
// @homepage https://gist.github.com/stefansundin/65e3d6db697636d8e7f1
// @downloadURL https://gist.github.com/stefansundin/65e3d6db697636d8e7f1/raw/youtube-global-shortcuts.user.js
// @version 1.1
// @author Stefan Sundin
// @description Makes the YouTube shortcuts work even if the player is not focused.
// @icon https://www.youtube.com/favicon.ico
// @match https://www.youtube.com/*
// ==/UserScript==
// Space = Pause/play
// F = Toggle fullscreen
// M = Toggle mute
// P = Previous video (if in playlist)
// N = Next video (if in playlist)
// left and right keys focuses the button, but the first keydown won't trigger seeking unfortunately
// P and N already works without this userscript, but you must hold shift.
// Use Ctrl+Space to scroll down, Shift+Space to scroll up
window.addEventListener('keydown', function(e) {
var button = document.getElementsByClassName('ytp-play-button')[0] || document.getElementById('movie_player');
if (!button) return;
console.log(e);
// Skip if in comment reply form, or search field
if (['TEXTAREA','INPUT'].indexOf(e.srcElement.tagName) !== -1 || ['yt-commentbox-text','yt-simplebox-text'].indexOf(e.srcElement.className) !== -1) return;
var c = String.fromCharCode(e.keyCode).toLowerCase();
if (c == ' ' || e.keyCode == 37 || e.keyCode == 39) { // 37 = left key, 39 = right key
if (c == ' ' && (e.shiftKey || e.ctrlKey)) return;
if (e.srcElement != button) {
button.focus();
if (c == ' ') button.click();
}
}
else if (c == 'n') {
document.getElementsByClassName('ytp-next-button')[0].click();
}
else if (c == 'p') {
document.getElementsByClassName('ytp-prev-button')[0].click();
}
});

You're the bomb, man. I found a few older scripts that weren't working so I dug into the markup a bit and noticed the individual buttons had ids, which Googling one of them led me here! Saved me a bit of time, thank you.

Delicious! I use it in conjunction with Autohotkey to control the player without it having focus. and your script gives me access to everything. Speed control, play control, skipping, you name it - that was previously unattainable because the player always needed focus. You, SIr, are great!

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stefansundin commented May 15, 2017

Note: I am not currently using this script, so it might not work perfectly anymore.

But it looks like someone forked it and made some changes, so maybe this one works better if you have having issues: https://gist.github.com/yuryshulaev/b383dbb04256acea2f7a

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