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:

FUNCTIONALITYSHORTCUT 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 selectionCommand+[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