Do You Want VLC to Restart or Continue the Playback Where Left Off?

One of the practical features of VLC Media Player is the ability to continue the playback from where we left off. Imagine that a 2-hour long documentary is playing in the application. You hit stop by accident. To continue from the same part, we would have to use the time toolbar and click on it several times. It won’t be an easy task to get to the exact spot where you left off. However, there is an inbuilt feature that allows us to resume the movie or video on the exact location where we hit stop. The feature is enabled by default and VLC asks, “Do you want to restart the playback where left off?” The message is displayed on top alongside a “Continue” button. If we press on it, the video playback is resumed.

There are some options to configure the continue video feature. We can choose whether VLC asks for our permission to resume the video or does it automatically every time. There’s also a third option to turn it off completely. But most of the time, we might want it to ask us what we want to do.

Restart Playback VLC Interface

To configure whether VLC asks, automatically resumes or turn off the feature:

  • Go to Tools > Preferences [CTRL + P]
  • On the default Interface tab, there’s an option called Continue playback?
  • Choose between Never, Ask, Always; the three options.
  • Hit Save to keep the setting.

Resume Options

If you haven’t figured it out already, here is what the three options do:

  1. Never: It won’t ask and will never continue the video from where we left off.
  2. Ask: It will ask every time whether or not we want to continue our playback and we can do so by pressing the Continue button.
  3. Always: It will resume playback immediately without asking.

2 thoughts to “Do You Want VLC to Restart or Continue the Playback Where Left Off?”

  1. Nice idea, poorly executed. Accidentally hit one key and it jumps to the next recording. You go back and the prompt appears for just a second, not long enough to hit it. So to get the prompt back, you repeat the step — this time ready to click the prompt. But by this time it has forgotten where it left off, and you’re stuck with your thumb in your arse.

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