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.

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

  1. I also have clicked on Always, but it still does not resume playback ever, the way these instructions explicitly say it should. Why?

  2. Wish this option existed on Android for audio files. So tired of listening to an audiobook and having to seek out my last location because it starts over every single time, even though I have not played anything between the time I stopped and restarted the book, which is sometimes just a few minutes!!!!

  3. I have tried the instructions outlined above and VLC still does not pickup where it left off. I am using a commercially produced education DVD and every time I start/restart VLC I am ALWAYS taken to the INTRODUCTION. I have about 20 courses from this education company and this is the first problem with play back I have experienced. The button on the bottom of the screen that Microsoft used to navigate to the next lesson/chapter is inoperative. There is no way to select the chapter you want to view, whether it is the next sequential chapter or a previous one you want to view a second time. The buttons at the top of the screen also do not function properly.

    I realize this is free-ware but I would like to think that the programmer(s) did some testing of the software before they put it on the internet for public consumption. I have probably invested over 12 hours trying to get this program to work and would gladly go back to Windows Media Player if I could find a copy that works. Corrections to existing problems need to be tried and validated prior to publishing them on-line.

  4. 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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