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My VLC player is stuck in playlist mode, and I can not get it to play the video but I can hear Audio. It doesn't work on any of my videos. But all my quick time files work. My VLC is up to date. It was working earlier today, I made no adjustments then a few hours ago I went to open up a video and I can't get it out of playlist mode to show the video.

  • Maybe it's in full-screen mode? When videos are played full-screen, they appear in a separate space from the current desktop. Commented Apr 12, 2016 at 2:54
  • No I've tried looking for it already that's not it.
    – fiddler
    Commented Apr 12, 2016 at 3:46
  • Exact same problem here - VLC 2.2 on OSX EL Capitan 10.11.4.
    – user180045
    Commented Apr 17, 2016 at 13:16

3 Answers 3


Go to Preferences and click reset all.

  • Hi Parker, welcome to Ask Different, please provide a small detailed description of the answer to maintain a good quality answer.
    – killswitch
    Commented Oct 7, 2016 at 5:07
  • This is the only answer that worked for me on Mac OS
    – Owen Mundy
    Commented Jan 1, 2019 at 13:40

i had this same issue, i did try docking and undocking also fullscreen toggle but neither worked for me.

my solution: toggle set as desktop background (when set it fixxed) then reverted back to normal and still working again yey!

cause: i hit undock playlist to see what it would do... (broke video, audio working)

vlc 2.2.6 umbrella, windows 7 64bit (will never "upgrade" to adblasters)


I had some luck (in Windows 10): while it's playing, toggle/untoggle Playlist, Docked Playlist and Fullscreen Interface. Unfortunately, I can't recall the particular order. Try some messing around with those three.

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