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How can i handle to see the VLC playlist beside my main window?

Example: I have a bunch of movies which i created a playlist for. But on my 27" iMac, i don't want to see every movie in fullscreen. For that, i want to see my playlist beside my main window.

Is there a skin or a workaround to do this?

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It is rather simple. The question is old but since I was just checking myself for the same problem and others might to.

Hit CMD+, to open the vlc preferences. Uncheck the "play video in main window" option. In the interface tab the one that usually opens first. Videos will spawn in a seperate window and the main holds the playlist.

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Let's assume I would still like to keep both the video and the play list in the same window. How do I get back to the video, once I have used "Window>Playlist..." I see the playlist in the main window but I have no idea of how to get back to the video. – TMOTTM Aug 5 '14 at 6:34
You can either use that exact menu item again, or the keyboard command shown right beside it. Alternately you can use the playlist toggle button (rightmost button in the left group of control buttons at the bottom of the window). – bernk Sep 3 '14 at 9:33
Also just to clarify, the shortcut is cmd, (command followed by comma) This is the standard preferences combo and works in most apps. – bernk Sep 3 '14 at 9:36
this is one feature that the vlc team cant get it straight.i have to say its pathetic..i want to have dock playlist and view the video at the same can view the video with dock playlist but u cant resize the video size cause there is bunch of useless menu/controller on top of it..apparently its sad – slier Jan 28 '15 at 6:55
This option is gone! :( I remember it, it's just not there anymore. – Ekevoo Apr 24 '15 at 22:00

View ---> uncheck Docked Interface - and voila - you can resize your video windows separetly as you wish

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