Updated: 12/31/2020 by Computer Hope
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Sometimes abbreviated as FF, fast-forward is a feature found in media players often represented by two arrows pointing to the right that enables the user to skip content. For example, in Windows Media Player, a software program capable of playing music and movie files you could skip over portions of the file being played that you don't enjoy.

The picture is an example of what the fast-forward often looks like with most programs and hardware devices that support the feature. Some programs may also have a button with fast-forward arrows and a solid line on the right-side, a chapter button.


Most keyboards that have an Fn key also have a function key with the ability to fast-forward. For example, on the Apple keyboard pressing F9 fast-forwards.


Some content that's protected or sponsored by advertising prevents you from fast-forwarding or skipping portions of the media file to help sponsor it. Computer Hope will not assist users with bypassing content that is protected.

CD terms, Chapter, Chevron, Computer acronyms, FF, Forward, Rewind, Skip