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  • Keyboard Page 1 Friday, April 1, 2005 3:30 PMchapter 2

    Pro Tools Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsFor increased operational speed and ease-of-use, there are many Pro Tools keyboard shortcuts to give you fast access to a wide variety of tasks. This guide details the many keyboard shortcuts that are not shown within Pro Tools menus. The shortcuts are grouped by functional area for your added convenience and quick reference.Conventions Used in This Guide

    Digidesign guides use the following conven-tions to indicate menu choices and key com-mands::

    Convention Action

    File > Save Session Choose Save Session from the File menu

    Ctrl+N Hold down the Control key and press the N key

    Alt++/ Hold down the Alt key and press the + or key (numeric keypad or QWERTY, as noted)

    Ctrl-click Hold down the Control key and click the mouse button

    Right-click (Windows) Click with the right mouse buttonWindows Keyboard Shortcuts for Pro Tools 6.9 1

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    Keyboard Page 2 Friday, April 1, 2005 3:30 PMGlobal Keyboard Commands

    Table 3. Global Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows SystemsWindows Keyboard Shortcuts for Pro Tools 6.9Task Shortcut

    Change all audio channel strips Alt+applicable function

    Change all selected audio channel strips Alt+Shift+applicable function

    Applicable functions: Automation mode playlist enables record, solo and mute enables record and solo safes inserting plug-ins I/O, bus, send assignment

    volume/peak indicator extend selection track heights clear clip meter

    Toggle item and set all others to same new state Alt-click on applicable item

    Toggle item and set all others to opposite state Ctrl-click on applicable item

    Applicable items: Tracks in Show/Hide Tracks List Group enables/activation Automation Enable window memory location parameters

    Fine Tune (fine adjust mode) Ctrl-click on applicable fader/pot/breakpoint

    Applicable functions: Plug-In parameter editing fader movement scrubbing automation data trimming (requires larger track view for highest resolution)

    Select multiple contiguous items (tracks, regions, paths)

    Click to select first item, then Shift-click another to select all similar items between

    Applicable functions: Tracks (click Track names) Regions in Regions List Paths in I/O Setup

  • Keyboard Page 3 Friday, April 1, 2005 3:30 PMRecord and Playback

    Table 4. Record and Playback Shortcuts for Windows SystemsTask Shortcut

    Open New Track Dialog Ctrl+Shift+N (for more information, see New Tracks Dialog on page 4)

    Start record Ctrl+Spacebar (or F12)

    Stop record Spacebar

    Stop record and discard take Ctrl+. (period key)

    Start/stop playback Spacebar

    Half-speed record Ctrl+Shift+Spacebar

    Half-speed playback Shift+Spacebar

    Pause (pre-prime deck for instant playback and record)

    Start+Spacebar, or Alt-click on Transport Play button

    Enable/disable online record Ctrl+Alt+Spacebar

    Enable/disable online playback Ctrl+J, or Alt+Spacebar

    Cycle through record modes (normal/Destruc-tive/Loop/TrackPunch/QuickPunch)

    Right mouse-click on Transport record button

    Loop playback toggle Start-click, or right mouse-click, on Transport Play button

    Record-safe track Ctrl-click on track Record Enable button

    Solo-safe track Ctrl-click on track Solo button

    TrackPunch Ctrl+Shift+T

    QuickPunch Ctrl+Shift+P

    Enter/Exit record during playback in QuickPunch Ctrl+Spacebar (or F12) or click Transport Record but-ton

    Set and enable pre/post-roll time Alt-click with selector before/after selection

    Disable pre/post-roll time Ctrl+K (or Alt-click within selection closer to front/back)Windows Keyboard Shortcuts for Pro Tools 6.9 3

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    Keyboard Page 4 Friday, April 1, 2005 3:30 PMNew Tracks Dialog

    Scroll to selection start/end Left/Right Arrow keys (when selection exceeds win-dow view)

    Toggle Transport Master (Pro Tools/Machine/MMC) Ctrl+\

    Back/Forward (move the playback location back-wards/forwards by the Back/Forward amount)

    Ctrl+Rewind/Fast-Forward (Transport)

    Back/Forward and Play (move the playback location backwards/forwards by Back/Forward amount and then begin playback)


    Extend a selection backwards by the Back/Forward amount


    Extend the selection backwards by the Back/For-ward amount and begin playback


    Table 4. Record and Playback Shortcuts for Windows Systems

    Task ShortcutTable 5. New Tracks Dialog ShortcutsWindows Keyboard Shortcuts for Pro Tools 6.9Task Shortcut

    Cycle through Track Type choices Control+Up/Down Arrow

    Cycle through Track Format choices Control+Left/Right Arrow

    Cycle through Track Timebase choices Control+Alt+Up/Down Arrow

    Add or delete a Track Entry field Control+Plus/Minus (+/)

    Re-arrange Track Entry field (move up/down) Drag the Up/Down icon (at left of each Track Entry row) to desired position

  • Keyboard Page 5 Friday, April 1, 2005 3:30 PMAuditioning

    When Transport = Pro Tools

    Table 6. Auditioning when Transport = Pro ToolsTask Shortcut

    Play by pre-roll value up to selection start/end (or current location if no selection)

    Alt+Left/Right Arrow keys

    Play by post-roll value from selection start/end (or current cursor location if no selection)

    Ctrl+Left/Right Arrow keys

    Play by pre & post-roll value through selection start/end

    Ctrl+Alt+Left/Right Arrow keysWhen Transport = Machine/MMC

    Table 7. Auditioning when Transport = Machine/MMCScrub (Jog)/Shuttle

    Task Shortcut

    Cue transport to selection start/end Ctrl+Left/Right Arrow keys

    Cue transport with pre/post-roll to selection start/end

    Alt+Left/Right Arrow keysTable 8. Scrub (Jog)/Shuttle ShortcutsTask Shortcut

    Temporary scrub mode when using Selector right mouse click - drag

    Extend selection while scrubbing Shift-click - drag w/ Scrubber, (also in temporary scrub mode)

    Shuttle Alt-click-drag w/ Scrubber, (also in temporary scrub mode)

    Shuttle Lock Start+number key 19 (5 = real-time, 9 = max)

    Change direction during Shuttle +/ (for example, Start+number+minus key)Windows Keyboard Shortcuts for Pro Tools 6.9 5

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    Keyboard Page 6 Friday, April 1, 2005 3:30 PMNumeric Keypad Modes

    Shuttle Lock stop 0 (press number key to resume shuttle)

    Exit Shuttle Lock mode Spacebar or Esc

    Table 8. Scrub (Jog)/Shuttle Shortcuts

    Task ShortcutNumeric Keypad ModesWindows Keyboard Shortcuts for Pro Tools 6.9Task Shortcut

    Transport Modes

    MIDI Metronome On/Off 7

    MIDI Count On/Off 8

    Merge Record On/Off 9

    Loop Playback 4

    Loop Record 5

    QuickPunch Record 6

    Rewind 1

    Fast Forward 2

    Record 3

    Play/Stop 0

    Shuttle Modes (TDM Systems Only)

    1 X Forward 6

    1 X Rewind 4

    4 X Forward 9

    4 X Rewind 7

    1/4 X Forward 3

  • Keyboard Page 7 Friday, April 1, 2005 3:30 PMEdit Selection Definition and Navigation

    1/4 X Rewind 1

    1/2 X Forward 5-6

    1/2 X Rewind 5-4

    2 X Forward 8-9

    2 X Backward 8-7

    1/16 X Forward 2-3

    1/16 X Backward 2-1

    Loop Playback of Edit Selection 0

    Note: Choose Classic, Transport or Shuttle mode in Preferences > Operations tab.

    Numeric Keypad Modes

    Task ShortcutTable 9. Edit Selection, Definition and Navigation ShortcutsTask Shortcut

    Locate cursor to next region-boundary/sync point Tab

    Locate cursor to previous region boundary/sync point


    Go to and select next region Start+Tab

    Go to and select previous region Start+Ctrl+Tab

    Go to Song Start Start+Enter

    Extend selection to Song Start Shift+Start+Enter

    Extend selection to next region-boundary Shift+Tab

    Extend selection to previous region-boundary Ctrl+Shift+Tab

    Extend selection to include next region Start+Shift+Tab

    Extend selection to include previous region Start+Shift+Ctrl+TabWindows Keyboard Shortcuts for Pro Tools 6.9 7

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    Keyboard Page 8 Friday, April 1, 2005 3:30 PMSelect Edit Tools and Modes

    Return to start of session Enter

    Go to end of session Ctrl+Enter

    Extend selection to start of session Shift+Enter

    Extend selection to end of session Ctrl+Shift+Enter

    Set selection start/end during playback Down/Up Arrow keys

    Set selection start/end to incoming time code while stopped

    Down/Up Arrow keys

    Select entire region in Edit window Double-click with Selector

    Select entire track in Edit window Triple-click with Selector, or single-click in track and press Ctrl+A

    Extend cursor across all tracks and create selection Alt-click in Rulers

    Extend cursor or selection across all tracks Enable All Edit group (! key) and Shiftclick on any other track

    Bring selected region to the front Alt+Shift+F

    Send selected region to the back Alt+Shift+B

    Table 9. Edit Selection, Definition and Navigation Shortcuts

    Task ShortcutTable 10. Select Edit Tools and Modes ShortcutsWindows Keyboard Shortcuts for Pro Tools 6.9Task Shortcut

    Shuffle F1

    Slip F2

    Spot F3

    Grid F4

    Zoomer F5, or Ctrl+1 on QWERTY keyboard

  • Keyboard Page 9 Friday, April 1, 2005 3:30 PMEditing, Nudging and Trimming

    Trimmer F6 or Ctrl +2 on QWERTY keyboard

    Selector F7 or Ctrl+3 on QWERTY keyboard

    Grabber F8 or Ctrl+4 on QWERTY keyboard

    Scrubber F9 or Ctrl+5 on QWERTY keyboard