How to Customize VLC Media Player Interface

When it comes to VLC, a lot is customizable in terms of the minimally present user interface. You can easily change where the play, pause, stop, next, previous and other video/audio control buttons are placed. You can also change the position of the individual buttons. Additionally, you can even change the position of all the control button set in-regards to where it shows up in the player. All you have to do is go to Tools > Customize Interface.

From the customize interface or Toolbars Editor option you can drag the individual buttons around, add new buttons and remove the ones that you don’t need. You can also configure the time toolbar and customize the full screen buttons separately. Additional customization options in terms of the button sizes and designs are also available.

Here are the detailed steps/explanations to customize your VLC Media Player Interface and buttons:

To Access Toolbars Editor

In the menu bar or via the right click menu, select Tools > Customize Interface.

Customize VLC Interface

The Toolbars Editor will open.

Toolbars Editor

In the editor, you will see different tabs:

  1. Main Toolbar: This is the toolbar that is displayed when VLC is running in Window mode. You can change the position of the player controls to place it above the video by checking the appropriate box. There are two lines of controls and line 2 has the most commonly used buttons.
  2. Time Toolbar: This one allows you to customize the time toolbar that shows the position of the video or audio that you are currently playing.
  3. Advanced Widget: This is the advanced widget that is displayed when View > Advanced Controls is activated. You can place buttons that can record, cut, loop or navigate frame by frame. These are the buttons that aren’t frequently used.
  4. Fullscreen Controller: These are the controls that show up when your video is playing in full-screen mode. You can have a different set of controls in full screen.

Not that there is a Select profile option above everything else. This one allows you to save your interface configurations as profiles. You can switch between profiles to switch to different interfaces easily.

To Edit the Interface

Use your mouse and simply drag the buttons in the toolbar editor.

  • Choose the tab for which you want to change the controls.
  • To add new buttons drag them from the Toolbar Elements to the main toolbar, fullscreen controller, advanced widget or time toolbar.
  • To edit/move the existing buttons click and hold using your mouse, and drag them to where you want to.
  • To remove buttons just drag them outside the toolbars editor.
  • Click Close to save your changes or if you messed up, click Cancel.

See the Preview area to get an idea of what your player looks like after the changes are saved. Make use of the options to display the toolbar under or above the video. We are used to the toolbar being placed below the video but you never know whether you’d like it placed above; unless you try it.


  • If you are trying to add new buttons to the main toolbar, you’ll want to add it to line 2 because that’s your usual control toolbar.
  • Make sure to create a new profile or make use of saving and retrieving using the profile feature. This prevents you from messing it all up.

25 thoughts on “How to Customize VLC Media Player Interface

  1. I can view an online video only once before the controls leave the screen, and I can’t get them back on’ I have to go back to the video links page to click the link if I want to see it again. Plus, how do I save a video?

  2. I must be having a bad day/week. I can add and delete and even save a profile but when i close the editor nothing changes, neither does the preview change. I am amazed that this is editor interface is so user unfriendly to me ( but i love the program, best ever ) > must be just me! I’ll come back later and try again. sigh

  3. Why are older versions of apps so much easier to use? Windows 7 vs Win 10, VLC 1.9 vs 2.2? Who is making these unneeded updates?

  4. Excuse me Please:

    How would one add an entirely new button to the UI?
    Specifically, buttons for Faster(fine) and Slower(fine)

    The Customize Interface… only presents a FASTER/SLOWER option, nothing for “fine”

    Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

  5. Now my player is fixed in fullscreen with no way of reducing the window size or accessing the Restore, Minimize and Close icons… meaning I have to quit or reboot to get back to my normal windows. Is there a simple way to have all the editing options like Snapshot included in a single VLC toolbar, and with my own master controls visible and accessible?

  6. Struggled with this until I realized you drag the chosen control buttons onto one of the double-arrow symbols on the right-hand side of the Editor window, not onto VLC’s main interface. Excellent, many thanks.
    Your “Controlling Playback Speed in VLC Media Player” Guide is well worthwhile for extra info. on that aspect of the program.

  7. Sorry, but this doesn’t work for me in VLC 2.2.1 and Windows 7.
    Wherever I drag the toolbars there is a no-go symbol with a diagonal line through it and nothing happens. If I try to create a profile, I can enter a name it, but dragging the icons still does nothing and there is no evident way to save profiles or changes. Can anyone help please?

    1. To save it when you click on customize interface at the bottom that screen it says select profile and next to that are two buttons one with a rectangle with lines in it and another with an ‘x’ choose the one with the rectangle that lets you save your customized toolbar. I had a problem with selecting the one I customized I solved that by going to view and then clicking advanced controls that made my customized toolbar to come up. Hope this helps

    1. Yes, checking this option seem to do nothing to move the toolbar above the video. We’ll have to wait for an update to fix it.

  8. Hello! Thank you for this exceptional media player! Something I would like addressed is the inability to relocate the toolbar position to -above- the video. The option is there (though ticking the box for it does not work at all as of 2015 September). Please help. Any assistance or explanations would be greatly appreciated.

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