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Shortcut keys in Adobe Captivate Classic

  1. Captivate Classic User Guide
  2. Introduction to Captivate
    1. What's New in Adobe Captivate
    2. Adobe Captivate System Requirements
    3. Responsive Project Design with Adobe Captivate
  3. Captivate Classic Release Notes
    1.  Adobe Captivate Classic 11.8.3 Release Notes
    2. Adobe Captivate Classic 11.8.2 Release Notes
    3. Adobe Captivate 11.8.1 Release Notes
    4. Adobe Captivate 11.8 Release Notes
    5. What's New in Adobe Captivate (2019 release) Update 5
    6. What's New in Adobe Captivate (2019 release) Update 2
    7. Adobe Captivate Release Notes
  4. Create Projects
    1. Create different types of projects in Adobe Captivate
    2. Customize the size of an Adobe Captivate project
    3. Responsive Project Design with Adobe Captivate
    4. Create Virtual Reality (VR) projects
    5. Work with responsive text in Adobe Captivate
    6. Work with themes in Adobe Captivate
    7. How to apply view specific properties in responsive projects
    8. How to create backup files for Adobe Captivate projects
    9. Asset panel
    10. Create branching and forced navigation in Captivate
    11. Replace image on the stage
  5. Add and Manage Objects
    1. Work with multi-state objects in Adobe Captivate
    2. Object effects
    3. Insert web objects in Adobe Captivate projects
    4. Work with object styles in Adobe Captivate
    5. How to rotate objects in Adobe Captivate
    6. How to manage objects with the Main Options toolbar
    7. How to merge objects in a slide
    8. How to manage objects in the library
    9. How to group objects in Adobe Captivate
    10. Edit object information using the Advanced Interaction panel
    11. How to copy, paste, and duplicate objects in Adobe Captivate
    12. Control the visibility of objects
    13. How to change the display order of objects in Adobe Captivate
    14. Apply shadows to objects
    15. How to align objects in Adobe Captivate
    16. How to add reflection to objects in Adobe Captivate
    17. Import assets into a Captivate project
  6. Slides
    1. Add slides to an Adobe Captivate project
    2. Editing slides in an Adobe Captivate project
    3. Delete Adobe Captivate project slides
    4. Change slide order in Adobe Captivate
    5. Set slide properties in Adobe Captivate
    6. Add and convert slide notes to audio files with Adobe Captivate
    7. Set up knowledge check slides in Adobe Captivate
    8. How to add slide transitions in Adobe Captivate
    9. How to work with master slides in Adobe Captivate
    10. How to lock Adobe Captivate slides
    11. How to hide or exclude slides in an Adobe Captivate project
    12. How to group and ungroup slides in Adobe Captivate
  7. Timeline and grids
    1. Use rulers and guides
    2. Work with grids in Adobe Captivate
    3. Work with the timeline
    4. Shortcut keys in Adobe Captivate
    5. Working with the filmstrip
    6. How to customize the Adobe Captivate workspace
    7. How to use the Adobe Captivate Library
    8. How to use the Branching panel in Adobe Captivate
  8. Create Quizzes
    1. Insert question slides in Adobe Captivate projects
    2. Set quiz preferences for Adobe Captivate
    3. How to enable learners to submit all quiz responses simultaneously
    4. How to set up question slides with Adobe Captivate
    5. Using random question slides in Adobe Captivate
    6. How to allow users to return to quiz
    7. Import questions from CSV format files
    8. Import questions from GIFT format files
    9. How to insert pretests in Adobe Captivate
  9. Audio
    1. How to insert audio into an Adobe Captivate project
    2. How to preview audio in Adobe Captivate
    3. How to edit audio files with Adobe Captivate
    4. View audio details in Adobe Captivate
    5. Set audio recording preferences and recording audio
    6. How to export audio from Adobe Captivate
  10. Video
    1. Slide videos
    2. Work with event videos in Adobe Captivate
    3. Differences between events and synchronized videos in Adobe Captivate
  11. Interactive Objects
    1. Add interactive buttons to your Captivate projects
    2. Create click boxes in Adobe Captivate
    3. Add text entry boxes with Adobe Captivate
    4. How to add audio to boxes and buttons
    5. How to add JavaScript to boxes and buttons in Adobe Captivate
  12. Interactions
    1. Create drag-and-drop interactions in Adobe Captivate
    2. Use Adobe Captivate variables in widgets
    3. Set the properties of widgets with Adobe Captivate
    4. How to create static, interactive, and question widgets in Adobe Captivate
    5. How to add widgets to your Adobe Captivate project
  13. Non-interactive objects
    1. Create and edit smart shapes
    2. Edit and create text captions with Captivate
    3. How to use images and rollover images with Captivate
    4. How to customize smart shapes in Adobe Captivate
    5. How to create zoom areas in Adobe Captivate
    6. How to set audio for noninteractive objects
    7. How to create rollover slidelets in Adobe Captivate
    8. How to create rollover captions in Adobe Captivate
    9. Change mouse properties in Adobe Captivate
    10. Use highlight boxes in Captivate
    11. Work with swatches in Adobe Captivate
    12. Fix size and position of non-interactive objects
    13. Add animations to a Adobe Captivate project
  14. Advanced Editing and Project Reviews
    1. How to link Adobe Captivate projects
    2. Import, export, and delete content
    3. Skins
    4. Create accessible projects in Adobe Captivate
    5. Create a table of contents (TOC) with Adobe Captivate
    6. Resize Adobe Captivate projects
    7. Projects and project preferences
    8. How to preview projects in Adobe Captivate
  15. Variables and Advanced Actions
    1. Adobe Captivate variables
    2. How to create user-defined variables in Adobe Captivate
    3. Advanced actions in Adobe Captivate
    4. Shared actions in Adobe Captivate projects
    5. Edit or delete user-defined variables in Adobe Captivate
    6. How to assign advanced actions to an event
  16. Record Projects
    1. Create interactive videos
    2. Automatic and manual recording with Captivate
    3. Set recording preferences in Adobe Captivate
    4. Record video demonstrations with Adobe Captivate
    5. How to record software simulations in Adobe Captivate
    6. How to pause recording
  17. Publish Projects
    1. Preview and publish responsive projects
    2. Publish project to Adobe Captivate Prime
    3. Publish projects as HTML5 files with Adobe Captivate
    4. Publish projects as executable files
    5. Publish projects as MP4 files with Adobe Captivate
    6. Set publishing preferences in Adobe Captivate
    7. Using web fonts from Adobe Fonts in Adobe Captivate
    8. Report quiz results to an internal server
  18. Use Adobe Captivate with Other Applications
    1. Import and edit PowerPoint presentations in Captivate
    2. Upload an Adobe Captivate project to a Learning Management System
    3. Learn about the Common JavaScript interface for Adobe Captivate
    4. How to publish Captivate projects to Microsoft Word
    5. Using Adobe Connect with Captivate
    6. How to add Captivate projects to a RoboHelp online help system
    7. How to package multiple SCOs using the Adobe Multi-SCORM Packager
  19. Troubleshoot Adobe Captivate
    1. Resolve known issues and limitations in the latest versions of Adobe Captivate, Adobe FrameMaker, and Adobe RoboHelp.
    2. Early build for Captivate (2019 release) on macOS Big Sur (macOS 11)
    3. Hotfix for VR content not playing on devices
    4. Configure SSL for Live Preview on Devices
    5. Captivate (2019 release) activation issues on macOS Catalina
    6. Captivate responsive courses will not auto-play on browsers
    7. Issues with Asset panel in Adobe Captivate (2019 release)
    8. Error 103 while installing Adobe Captivate
    9. Issues when previewing a Captivate project

Shortcut keys provide an easier and quicker way to navigate and use Adobe Captivate Classic. They let you use keyboard key combinations instead of a mouse or program menu. The common shortcut keys are listed in the table.

Shortcut key


F1 (Win & Mac)

Open Adobe Captivate Classic Help (To access dialog-box-level help, click the Help button on individual dialog boxes.)

F2 (Win & Mac)

Rename the selected object

F3 (Win & Mac)

Test view the current slide

F4 (Win & Mac)

Preview the project

F5 (Win & Mac)

Record audio

F6 (Win & Mac)

Import audio

F7 (Win & Mac)

Perform a spelling and grammar check

F8 (Win only)

Preview project from current slide

F9 (Win only)

Show the Advanced Interaction panel

F10 (Win only)

Preview the current slide and the following “N” slides

F11 (Win), Command+F11 (Mac) Preview the project in a web browser (HTML)

F12 (Win), Command+F12 (Mac)

Preview the project in a web browser (SWF)

Page Up (win & Mac)

Scroll to the previous slide

Page Down (win & Mac)

Scroll to the next slide

Alt+A (Win), Option+A (Mac)

Create question pool

Alt+Up, Down, Left, Right Arrows (Win), Option+Up, Down, Left, Right Arrows

Click the object, click a resize handle, and use these options to resize the object in the selected direction by 1 pixel

Control+A (Win), Command+A (Mac)

Select all

Control+B (Win), Command+B (Mac)

Find audio in the Library/Change text to Bold

Control+C (Win), Command+C (Mac)

Copy (slide in Filmstrip, and selected object on stage)

Control+D (Win)

Duplicate (slide in Filmstrip, and selected object on stage)

Control+E (Win), Command+E (Mac)

Extend the length of the object display time to the end of the slide on the Timeline

Control+F (Win), Command+F (Mac)

Find/replace a particular object in the project Library

Control+I (Win), Command+I (Mac)

Increase the indent (selected object on stage)/Change text to Italics. Indentation is equal to the grid size.

Control+L (Win), Command+L (Mac)

Sync the selected object to the playhead

Control+M (Win), Command+M (Mac)

Merge the selected object with the background

Control+N (Win), Command+N (Mac)

Open new project

Control+O (Win), Command+S (Mac)

Open the project

Control+Q (Win), Shift+Option+R (Mac)

Insert a random question slide

Control+R (Win), Command + R (Mac)

Start/record new capture project

Control+S (Win), Command+S (Mac)


Control+T (Win), Command+T(Mac)

Open project template

Control+U (Win)

Underline the selected text

Control+V (Win), Command+V (Mac)

Paste what is on the clipboard (for example, slide, image, object, and so on)

Control+W (Win), Command+W (Mac)

Close the project

Control+X (Win), Command+X (Mac)

Cut (selected object on stage)

Control+Y (Win), Command+Y (Mac)


Control+Z (Win), Command+Z (Mac)


Control+Enter (Win), Conmmand+Enter (Mac)

Preview the project

Control+Alt+A (Win), Command+Option+A (Mac)

Export PowerPoint slides as animation

Control+Alt+B (Win), Command+Option+B (Mac)

Show or hide Filmstrip

Control+Alt+C (Win), Command+Option+C (Mac)

Show the Closed Captioning dialog box

Control+Alt+D (Win), Shift+Option+D (Mac)

Update the Library

Control+Alt+E (Win), Command+Option+E (Mac)

Edit points of polygon drawing object

Control+Alt+F (Win), Command+Option+F (Mac)

Find in the Library

Control+Alt+G (win), Command+Option+G (Mac)

Create a slide group and autoadjust the rollover area

Control+Alt+H (Win), Command+Option+H (Mac)

Hide the selected object

Control+Alt+I (Win), Command+Options+I (Mac)

Find PowerPoint slides in the Library

Control+Alt+J (Win), Command+Option+J (Mac)

Edit PowerPoint slides

Control+Alt+K (Win), Command+Option+K (Mac)

Lock the selected object

Control+Alt+L (Win), Command+Option+L (Mac)

Show or hide the Library

Control+Alt+M (Win), Command+Option+M (Mac)

Insert master slide

Control+Alt+N (Win), Command+Option+N (Mac)

Show slide notes

Control+Alt+O (Win), Command+Option+O (Mac)

Record additional slides

Control+Alt+P (Win), Command+Option+P (Mac)

Remove a slide group.

Control+Alt+Q (Win), Option+Shift+Q (Mac)

Show the Question Pools Manager

Control+Alt+S (Win only)

Edit PowerPoint slide

Control+Alt+T (Win), Command+Option+T (Mac)

Show or hide the Timeline

Control+Alt+U (Win), Command+Option+U (Mac)

Library usage

Control+Alt+V (Win), Command+Option+V (Mac)

Import video file

Control+Alt+X (Win), Command+Options X (Mac)

Show/hide the SWF-Commenting pane

Control+Alt+Z (Win), Command+Option+Z (Mac)

Show/hide the Widget panel

Shift+F7 (Win & Mac)

Show objects style manager

Shift+F8 (Win), Command + , (Mac)

Preferences dialog box

Shift+F9 (Win), Shift+Command+F9 (Mac)

Actions dialog box

Shift+F10 (Win), Shift+Command+F10 (Mac)

Table of contents

Shift+F11 (Win), Shift+ Command+F11 (Mac)

Skin Editor panel

Shift+F12 (Win), Shift+Option+F12 (Mac)

Publish the file

Shift+A (Win & Mac)

Insert Animation placeholder

Shift+F (Win & Mac)

Insert Flash video placeholder

Shift+R (Win & Mac)

Insert rollover caption placeholder

Shift+O (Win & Mac)

Insert rollover image placeholder

Shift+C (Win & Mac)

Insert Text Caption placeholder

Shift+V (Win & Mac)

Insert video place holder

Shift+M (Win & Mac)

Insert Image placeholder

Shift+Q (Win), Option + Q (Mac)

Insert Question slide placeholder

Shift+X (Win & Mac)

Insert Text Animation placeholder

Shift+Alt+A (Win), Shift+Option+A (Mac)

Show Audio Management panel

Shift+Alt+W (Win), Shift+Option+W (Mac)

Close all the open projects

Shift+Alt+O (Win), Shift+Option+O (Mac)

Insert recording slide placeholder

Shift+Alt+P (Win), Shift+Option+P (Mac)

Import Photoshop file

Shift+Alt+S (Win), Shift+Option+A (Mac)

Show Speech Management panel

Shift+Alt+V (Win), Shift+Option+V (Mac)

Paste as Background

Shift+Alt+Up, Down, Left, Right Arrows (Win), Shift+Option+Up, Down, Left, Right Arrows

Click the object, click a resize handle, and use these options to resize the object in the selected direction by 10 pixel

Shift+Control+A (Win), Shift+ Command+A (Mac)

Add an animation object

Shift+Control+B (Win), Shift+Command+B (Mac)

Add a new button

Shift+Control+C (Win), Shift+ Control+C (Mac)

Add a new text caption

Shift+Control+D (Win), Command+Shift+D (Mac)

View slide properties

Shift+Control+E (Win), Shift+Command+E (Mac)

Insert a new zoom area

Shift+Control+F (Win), Shift+Command+F (Mac)

Insert an FLV file

Shift+Control+H (Win), Shift+Command+H (Mac)

Hide/show slide

Shift+Control+I (Win), Shift+Command+I (Mac)

Decrease the indent

Shift+Control+J (win), Shift+Command+J (Mac)

Insert a blank slide

Shift+Control+K (Win), Shift+Command+K (Mac)

Add a new click box

Shift+Control+L (Win), Shift+Command+L (Mac)

Insert a highlight box

Shift+Control+M (Win), Shift+Command+M (Mac)

Add a new image

Shift+Control+N (Win), Shift+Command+N (Mac)

Add a new animation slide

Shift+Control+O (Win), Shift+Command+O (Mac)

Add a new rollover image

Shift+Control+P (Win), Shift+Command+P (Mac)

Import PPT

Shift+Control+Q (Win), Shift+Q (Mac)

Insert a question slide

Shift+Control+R (Win), Shift+Command+R (Mac)

Insert a rollover caption

Shift+Control+S (Win), Shift+Command+S (Mac)

Save the project with different name

Shift+Control+T (Win), Shift+Command+T (Mac)

Insert a text entry box

Shift+Control+U (Win), Shift+Command+U (Mac)

Insert the mouse

Shift+Control+W (Win), Shift+Command+W (Mac)

Insert a widget

Shift+Control+X (Win), Shift+Command+X (Mac)

Insert a text animation

Shift+Control+Y (Win), Shift+Command+Y (Mac)

Copy the background

Shift+Control+Z (Win), Shift+Command+Z (Mac)

Insert Slidelet

Shift + Control + Alt + B (Win), Shift+Command+Option+B (Mac)

Show Branching View

Shift+Control+Alt+S (Win), Shift+Command+Option+S (Mac)

Insert an image slide

Shift+Control+Alt+E (Win), Shift+Command+Option+E (Mac)

Show/Hide effects panel

Shift+Control+V (Win), Shift+Command+V (Mac)

Insert stencil slides

Shift+Control+G (Win), Shift +Command+G (Mac)

Edit gradient


On macOS Ventura, the shortcut Option+Shift+S, does not work ads expected for the  keyboard layout ABC-India. This shortcut will work if you change the keyboard layout to US.

Magnification shortcuts

Shortcut key

Magnification level

Control+1 (Win), Command + 1 (Mac)


Control+2 (Win), Command + 2 (Mac)


Control+3(Win), Command + 3 (Mac)


Control+4 (Win), Command + 4 (Mac)


Control+ - (Win), Command + - (Mac)

Zoom out

Control++ (Win), Command + + (Mac)

Zoom in

Control + 0 (win), Command + 0 (Mac)

Best Fit Zoom / Center Align Workspace

Shortcut keys for recording

The following table lists the default shortcut keys used during recording. These shortcuts should be used only after you start the recording process. The same keys function differently when you are editing a project.

Shortcut key


Control+R (Win), Command + R (Mac)

Start/record new capture project

Control+Alt+O (Win), Command+Option+O (Mac)

Record additional slides

End (Win), Command+Enter (Mac)

Stop recording

Delete (Win & Mac)

Delete the current selection

Pause (Win), Command+F2 (Mac)

Pause or resume recording

Print Screen (Win), Command +F6 (Mac)

Capture a screenshot manually

F4 (Win & Mac)

Preview project

F3 (Win & Mac)

Preview single slide

F2 (Win & Mac)

Edit caption text

F12 (Win & Mac)

Preview project in browser

F4 (Win), Command+F4 (Mac)

Auto panning

F3 (Win), Command+F3(Mac)

Manual panning

F7 (Win), Command+F7(Mac)

Stop panning

F9 (Win), Command+F9 (Mac)

Start Full Motion Recording

F10 (Win), Command+F10 (Mac)

Stop Full Motion Recording

F11 (Win), Command+F11 (Mac)

Snap recording window to mouse

F12 (Win), Command+F12 (Mac)

Toggle mouse capture

Change shortcut keys for recording

  1. Select Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Adobe Captivate Classic > Preferences (Mac OS).

  2. In the Preferences dialog box, select Keys from the Recording menu.

    Preferences dialog to change shortcut keys
    Preferences dialog to change shortcut keys

  3. To change keys, click once in one of the text boxes and, on the keyboard, press the key or key combination you want to use. For example, click inside the To Stop Recording text box and then press Shift+Alt+4. The key combination you entered now appears in the To Stop Recording text box. You can use almost any key, including the Control, Alt, Shift+Control, and Shift+Alt keys. For example, you could change the stop recording key to Alt+R.


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