Commands Keyboard Focus Shortcuts - Pro Tools

By TOM BOWSER

Commands Keyboard Focus shortcuts can save time when editing. Click on the a/z button to enable Commands Keyboard Focus shortcuts. It is located in the upper right hand corner of the Pro Tools Edit window directly above the vertical scroll bar. (see image below)

Track in Pro Tools showing the Commands Keyboard Focus button.

Zoom Functions

Zoom Level 1-5 – alpha keys 1 to 5 Press the numbers 1 through 5 on your keyboard (not the number/key pad) to access the 5 preset horizontal zoom settings. These presets are also available by clicking on the 5 number buttons just below the zoom buttons on the Pro Tools tool bar in the Edit window.

To assign a zoom level to a number preset button:

  • Adjust the horizontal zoom level to how you want it (use any track).
  • Press and hold down the Ctrl key then left click on a button from 1-5 to save the current zoom level as a preset using the number you choose.

Zoom Out Horizontally

  • Press the letter r on your keyboard.

Zoom In Horizontally

  • Press the letter t on your keyboard.

Track Editing

Click inside the clip of a track and position the mouse cursor at the point you want to edit using quick keys.

Press the:

  • d key to create a fade in
  • g key to create a fade out
  • a key to splice and delete the entire clip to the left of the where the cursor is placed in the tracks clip
  • s key to splice and delete the entire clip to the right of the where the cursor is placed in the tracks clip
  • f key to create a crossfade between a break in a clip. You must make a selection over the break then press the f key. This will bypass the Fades window and use the fade defaults set on the Setup > Preferences… > Editing tab.

Press the:

  • z key to undo a previous action or command
  • b key to break/separate a clip where you have your mouse cursor placed
  • b key to break/separate a selection on a clip at both ends

Selected clip of a track in Pro Tools.

Press the:

  • x key to cut/delete a selection within a tracks clip
  • c key to copy a selection within a tracks clip
  • v to paste within a tracks clip
  • l (L) key to move the cursor to the previous transient (for example, a snare drum hit)
  • ' (apostrophe) key to move the cursor to the next transient

Press the:

  • , (comma) key to nudge the cursor or a selection backward within a clip by the current nudge value set in the Edit window menu bar.
  • . (period) key to nudge the cursor or a selection forward within a clip by the current nudge value set in the Edit window menu bar.
  • m key (moves backward) or / key (moves forward) to nudge the cursor or a selection within a clip by the next higher nudge value than the current setting.

    For example, if the nudge value is set to 100 samples and you press the m key (moves backward) or / key (moves forward) you will nudge by 1000 samples instead of 100. Switching between nudge values is much faster and easier when you use these quick key combinations. The nudge value is set in the Edit window toolbar.

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