Pro Tools ‘Shortcut’ Key Commands

Every professional that I’ve had the pleasure of working with or learning from has stressed the importance of learning shortcut key commands for speed and efficiency of the project’s workflow.  In my home project studio, I use an iMac and a keyboard that doesn’t have a numeric keypad.  Below is a solid table of Pro Tools shortcuts that works for me and my setup, but there are others that you may want to investigate:

FUNCTIONALITY SHORTCUT KEYS
Add new track to selection (after you selected multiple tracks and want to add 1 more)
 Command+Click
Assign Input in ascending order from the point you selected  Option+Command+Select Input
Assign Output in ascending order from the point you selected  Option+Command+Select Output
Assign Sends in ascending order from the point you selected  Option+Command+Select Sends
Bounce to File  Option+Command+B
Bypass a row of Inserts
 Option+Command+Click on Insert
Bypass Insert  Command+Click on Insert
Change input/output/sends/insert/mute/solo for tracks selected
 Option+Shift+Click
Consolidate selected regions
 Option+Shift+3
Copy  Command+C
Copy Insert  Option+Drag and Drop
Create a Marker (without having a numeric keypad)
 fn+Enter
Cut  Command+X
Decrease track height  Control+Option+Down Arrow
Duplicate Selection  Command+D
Fade – open window  Command+F
Fade in from Start (place cursor on track first)
 Option+D
Fade to End (place cursor on track first)
 Option+G
Fast-forward  Shift+.
Heal Separation  Command+H
Import Audio Files  Shift+Command+I
Increase track height  Control+Option+Up Arrow
Jump to Session start  Return
Jump to marker by number  .+number of marker+.         (on number keypad)
Loop Recording Toggle  Option+L
Make a Group for selected tracks  Option+G  (or Option+Command+G)
Modes – switch b/w shuffle, slip, spot, grid  Option+1/2/3/4
More precise selection  Command+Click on Fader or Knob
Move cursor backward ,  (comma)
Move cursor forward  .  (period)
New Session  Command+N
New Track – Add a row in new track window  Command+Shift+Arrow down
New Track – change # of new tracks  Arrow up/down
New Track – change output type (mono or stereo)
 Command+Arrow left/right
New Track – change type of new track (audio, instrumental, etc)
 Command+Arrow up/down
New Track – Remove a row in new track window  Command+Shift+Arrow Up
New Track(s)-Create  Command+Shift+N
Open Session  Command+O
Paste  Command+V
Quick Punch Toggle  Command+Shift+P
Quit Pro Tools  Command+Q
Record safe a track  Command+Click on track Record Enable button
Redo  Command+Shift+Z
Rename selected regions  Command+Shift+R
Repeat Selection  Command+R
Return to zero  Option+Click on Fader or Knob
Rewind  Shift+,
Save Session  Command+S
Select All  Command+A
Select all/execute all/ change all/ add to all/ mute all/ solo all  Option+Click
Select through types of recording  Control+Click on main Record Enable button
Select Tool  Command+1/2/3/4/5/6
Selection from selected to where you click  Shift+Click
Separate at selection  Command+E
Show original waveform size  Command+Option+Control+[
Solo-safe a track  Command+Click on Solo
Start Recording  Command+Space
Stop Recording  Space
Suspend all groups  Command+Shift+G
Switch b/w Edit & Mix windows  Command+=
Tab to transients  Command+Option+Tab (to activate tool) –> Tab
Trim Region to Selection  Command+T
Undo  Command+Z
Zoom – horizontal zoom on a selection Command+[or](Option+F, Option+A)
Zoom – recall presets 1-5  Control+1/2/3/4/5
Zoom In  T
Zoom in on waveform  Command+Option+[
Zoom Out  R
Zoom out on waveform  Command+Option+]
Zoom until all tracks are visible  Control+Option+A

 

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