Many commands have keyboard shortcut equivalents, so you can complete tasks with minimal use of the mouse. You can also create or edit keyboard shortcuts. The default shortcut set is called Premiere Pro CS5.5.

See this page for default keyboard shortcuts for Premiere Pro CS6.

Find keyboard shortcuts

Find the keyboard shortcuts for a tool, button, or menu command by doing any of the following:

  • For a tool or button, hold the pointer over the tool or button until its tool tip appears. If available, the keyboard shortcut appears in the tool tip after the tool description.
  • For menu commands, look for the keyboard shortcut at the right of the command.
  • For the most-used keyboard shortcuts not shown in tool tips or on menus, see the tables in this article. For a complete list of default and current shortcuts, choose Edit > Keyboard Customization. (Windows), (Mac OS in CS5) or Premiere Pro > Keyboard Shortcuts (Mac OS)
  • In CS5.5 and later, use the search field in the Keyboard Customization dialog box to find specific commands quickly.

For more details about improved keyboard shortcut customization in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5, see this blog post on the Premiere Pro work area.

For more information about changes to the keyboard shortcut dialog in Premiere Pro CS5.5, see this video from Video2Brain.

For information about using Apple Final Cut Pro or Avid Media Composer keyboard shortcuts in Adobe Premiere Pro, customizing keyboard shortcuts, and to move custom keyboard shortcuts to a different system, see this video by Kevin Monahan and Karl Soule on AdobeTV.

Customize or load keyboard shortcuts

You can set shortcuts to match shortcuts in other software you use. If other sets are available, you can choose them from the Set menu in the Keyboard Customization dialog box.

  1. Click in the item’s shortcut field to select it, and then click the Edit button. You can also double click the shortcut directly to select it.

  2. Type the shortcut you want to use for the item. The Keyboard Customization dialog box displays an alert if the shortcut you choose is already in use.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • To erase a shortcut and return it to the command that it originally had, click Undo.
    • To jump to the command that previously had the shortcut, click Go To.
    • To simply delete the shortcut you typed, click Clear.
    • To re-enter the shortcut you typed previously, click Redo.
  4. Repeat the procedure to enter as many shortcuts as you want. When you’re finished, click Save As, type a name for your Key Set, and click Save.

    Note:

    The operating system reserves some commands. You cannot reassign those commands to Premiere Pro. Also, you cannot assign the plus (+) and minus (-) keys on the numeric keypad because they are necessary for entering relative timecode values. You can assign the minus (–) key on the main keyboard, however.

    Franklin McMahon provides a video tutorial on the Layers Magazine website that shows how to customize keyboard shortcuts.

    This video shows you how to transport your customized keyboard shortcuts to other Premiere Pro editing systems.

    Here is a tutorial by Clay Asbury about starting with the Final Cut Pro shortcuts in Premiere Pro CS 5.5, and then saving a custom layout.

Remove shortcuts

  • Do one of the following:

    • To remove a shortcut, select the shortcut you want to remove, and click Clear.
    • To remove a set of shortcuts, choose the key set from the Set menu and click Delete. When prompted in the warning dialog box, click Delete to confirm your choice.

Print keyboard shortcuts

You can paste the lists of keyboard shortcuts from the Keyboard Customization dialog box into a text document, from which you can print them.

  • Press Ctrl+Shift > Edit > Keyboard Customization (Windows). For Premiere Pro CS5, press Command+Shift > Edit > Keyboard Customization (Mac OS). For Premiere Pro CS5.5, and later, press Command+Shift > Premiere Pro > Keyboard Shortcuts.
  • Select a set of keyboard shortcuts from the Set menu in the Keyboard Customization dialog box or the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog box in Premiere Pro CS5.5, and later (Mac OS).
  • Click the Clipboard button.
  • Start a new document in a text editor.
  • Paste the contents of the clipboard into the document.

Selecting tools (keyboard shortcuts)

Result

Windows and Mac OS

Selection tool

V

Track Select tool

A

Ripple Edit tool

B

Rolling Edit tool

N

Rate Stretch tool

X

Razor tool

C

Slip tool

Y

Slide tool

U

Pen tool

P

Hand tool

H

Zoom tool

Z

Viewing panels (keyboard shortcuts)

Result

Shortcut (Windows and Mac OS)

Activate panels in rotation to left

Ctrl+Shift+, [comma]

Activate panels in rotation to right

Ctrl+Shift+. [period]

Audio Mixer panel

Shift+6

Effect Controls panel

Shift+5

Effects panel

Shift+7

Source Monitor panel

Shift+2

Program Monitor panel

Shift+4

Project panel

Shift+1

Timeline panel

Shift+3

Close active panel

Ctrl+W (Windows), Command+W (Mac OS)

Maximizes the panel under the pointer, regardless of what is active or selected.

‘ [accent] (US English keyboards), or the key to the left of the numeral “1” key (non-US English keyboards), or the “@” key on Japanese keyboards

Maximizes the panel that is active or selected, regardless of where the pointer is. (Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5, and later.)

Shift+‘ [accent] (US English keyboards), or the key to the left of the numeral “1” key (non-US English keyboards), or the “@” key on Japanese keyboards

Capture panel (keyboard shortcuts)

Result

Windows and Mac OS

Navigate through editable fields

Tab

Cancel capture

Esc

Eject

E

Fast forward

F

Go to In point

Q

Go to Out point

W

Record

G

Rewind

R

Step Back

Left Arrow

Step Forward

Right Arrow

Stop

S

Multi-Camera Monitor (keyboard shortcuts)

Result

Windows and Mac OS

Go to next edit point

Down Arrow

Go to previous edit point

Up Arrow

Play/Stop

Spacebar

Record On/Off

0

Select Camera 1

1

Select Camera 2

2

Select Camera 3

3

Select Camera 4

4

Step Back

Left Arrow

Step Forward

Right Arrow

Project panel (keyboard shortcuts)

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Delete selection with options

Ctrl+Backspace

Command+Forward Delete

Extend selection down

Shift+Down Arrow

Shift+Down Arrow

Extend selection left

Shift+Left Arrow

Shift+Left Arrow

Extend selection right

Shift+Right Arrow

Shift+Right Arrow

Extend selection up

Shift+Up Arrow

Shift+Up Arrow

Move selection down

Down Arrow

Down Arrow

Move selection to the end

End

End

Move selection to home

Home

Home

Move selection left

Left Arrow

Left Arrow

Move selection a page down

Page Down

Page Down

Move selection a page up

Page Up

Page Up

Move selection right

Right Arrow

Right Arrow

Move selection up

Up Arrow

Up Arrow

Next thumbnail size

Shift +]

Shift +]

Previous thumbnail size

Shift+[

Shift+[

Open Bin

Click disclosure triangle or select the bin and press the Right Arrow

Click disclosure triangle or select the bin and press the Right Arrow

Close Bin

Click disclosure triangle or select the bin and press the Left Arrow

Click disclosure triangle or select the bin and press the Left Arrow

Open and Close All Bins

Alt-click a Bin to open and close all Bins.

Option-click a Bin to open and close all Bins.

Timeline panel (keyboard shortcuts)

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Add keyframe

Ctrl-click

Command-click

Cut at current-time indicator

Ctrl-K

Command-K

Set work area bar to sequence

Double-click the work area bar

Double-click the work area bar

Set work area bar In point

Alt+[

Option+[

Set work area bar Out point

Alt +]

Option+]

Clear In and Out points

G

G

Clear In point

D

D

Clear selection

Backspace

Delete

Clear Out point

F

F

Edit audio or video In point or Out point independently

Alt-drag In point or Out point

Option-drag In point or Out point

Go to In point

Q

Q

Go to Out point

W

W

Go to next edit point

Page Down

Page Down

Go to previous edit point

Page Up

Page Up

Go to selected clip end

Shift+End

Shift+End

Go to selected clip start

Shift+Home

Shift+Home

Go to sequence end (when a Timeline panel is active)

End

End

Go to sequence start (when a Timeline panel is active)

Home

Home

Go to sequence numbered marker

Ctrl+1

Command+1

Match frame

M

M

Move selected clip forward a specified number of frames

Type +, followed by the number of frames, and then press Enter

Type +, followed by the number of frames, and then press Return

Move selected clip back a specified number of frames

Type -, followed by the number of frames, and then press Enter

Type -, followed by the number of frames, and then press Return

Nudge clip selection 5 frames to the left

Alt+Shift +,

Option+Shift +,

Nudge clip selection one frame to the left

Alt +,

Option +,

Nudge clip selection 5 frames to the right

Alt+Shift +.

Option+ Shift +.

Nudge clip selection one frame to the right

Alt +.

Option +.

Play from current-time indicator to Out point

Ctrl+Spacebar

Ctrl+Spacebar (English keyboards only)

Play In to Out with preroll/postroll

Shift+Spacebar

Shift+Spacebar

Toggle Play/Stop

Spacebar

Spacebar

Play forward at fast speed

Hold down Shift while pressing L repeatedly until playing at the desired speed. Release Shift.

Hold down Shift while pressing L repeatedly until playing at the desired speed. Release Shift.

Play forward at normal speed

L

L

Play forward one frame at a time

Hold K while pressing L

Hold K while pressing L

Play forward slowly (8 fps)

Hold down K+L

Hold down K+L

Play in reverse at fast speed

Hold down Shift while pressing J repeatedly until playing at the desired speed. Release Shift.

Hold down Shift while pressing J repeatedly until playing at the desired speed. Release Shift.

Play in reverse at normal speed

J

J

Play in reverse one frame at a time

Hold K while pressing J

Hold K while pressing J

Play in reverse slowly (8 fps)

Hold down K+J

Hold down K+J

Reveal nested sequence

Ctrl+Shift+F

Shift+T

Ripple delete

Alt+Backspace

Option+Delete

Set In point

I

I

Set Out point

O

O

Set unnumbered marker

* (use the numeric keypad)

* (use the numeric keypad)

Shuttle Slow Left

Shift+J

Shift+J

Shuttle Slow Right

Shift+L

Shift+L

Shuttle Stop

K

K

Slide clip selection 5 frames to the left

Alt+Shift+Left Arrow

Command+Shift+Left Arrow

Slide clip selection one frame to the left

Alt+Left Arrow

Command+Left Arrow

Slide clip selection 5 frames to the right

Alt+Shift+Right Arrow

Command+Shift+Right Arrow

Slide clip selection one frame to the right

Alt+Right Arrow

Command+Right Arrow

Slip audio or video independently

Alt-drag the audio or video portion of the clip with the Selection tool

Option-drag the audio or video portion of the clip with the Selection tool

Step Back

Left Arrow

Left Arrow

Step Back 5 frames-Units

Shift+Left Arrow

Shift+Left Arrow

Step Forward

Right Arrow

Right Arrow

Step Forward 5 frames-Units

Shift+Right Arrow

Shift+Right Arrow

Toggle between available timecode display formats

Ctrl-click timecode hot text

Command-click timecode hot text

Trim

T

T

Zoom in

=

=

Zoom out

-

-

Zoom in/out to/from full-sequence view

\

\ (English keyboards only)

Titler (keyboard shortcuts)

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Arc tool

A

A

Decrease kerning by five units

Alt+Shift+Left Arrow

Option+Shift+Left Arrow

Decrease kerning by one unit

Alt+Left Arrow

Option+Left Arrow

Decrease leading by five units

Alt+Shift+Down Arrow

Option+Shift+Down Arrow

Decrease leading by one unit

Alt+Down Arrow

Option+Down Arrow

Decrease text size by five points

Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Left Arrow

Command+Option+Shift+Left Arrow

Decrease text size by 1-point

Ctrl+Alt+Left Arrow

Command+Option+Left Arrow

Ellipse tool

E

E

Increase kerning by five units

Alt+Shift+Right Arrow

Option+Shift+Right Arrow

Increase kerning by one unit

Alt+Right Arrow

Option+Right Arrow

Increase leading by five units

Alt+Shift+Up Arrow

Option+Shift+Up Arrow

Increase leading by one unit

Alt+Up Arrow

Option+Up Arrow

Increase text size by five points

Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Right Arrow

Command+Option+Shift+Right Arrow

Increase text size by 1-point

Ctrl+Alt+Right Arrow

Command+Option+Right Arrow

Insert copyright symbol

Ctrl+Alt+Shift+C

Command+Option+Shift+C

Insert registered symbol

Ctrl+Alt+Shift+R

Command+Option+Shift+R

Line tool

L

L

New title

Ctrl+T

Command+T

Nudge selected object 5 pixels down

Shift+Down Arrow

Shift+Down Arrow

Nudge selected object 1 pixel down

Down Arrow

Down Arrow

Nudge selected object 5 pixels to the left

Shift+Left Arrow

Shift+Left Arrow

Nudge selected object 1 pixel to the left

Left Arrow

Left Arrow

Nudge selected object 5 pixels to the right

Shift+Right Arrow

Shift+Right Arrow

Nudge selected object 1 pixel to the right

Right Arrow

Right Arrow

Nudge selected object 5 pixels up

Shift+Up Arrow

Shift+Up Arrow

Nudge selected object 1 pixel up

Up Arrow

Up Arrow

Pen tool

P

P

Position objects to the bottom title-safe margin

Ctrl+Shift+D

Command+Shift+D

Position objects to the left title-safe margin

Ctrl+Shift+F

Command+Shift+F

Position objects to the top title-safe margin

Ctrl+Shift+O

Command+Shift+O

Rectangle tool

R

R

Rotation tool

O

O

Selection tool

V

V

Type tool

T

T

Vertical Type tool

C

C

Wedge tool

W

W

Trim Monitor panel (keyboard shortcuts)

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Focus on both Outgoing and Incoming sides

Alt+1

Option+1

Focus on Incoming side

Alt+3

Option+3

Focus on Outgoing side

Alt+2

Option+2

Trim backward by large trim offset

Alt+Shift+Left Arrow

Option+Shift+Left Arrow

Trim backward by one frame

Alt+Left Arrow

Option+Left Arrow

Trim forward by large trim offset

Alt+Shift+Right Arrow

Option+Shift+Right Arrow

Trim forward by one frame

Alt+Right Arrow

Option+Right Arrow

Effect Controls panel (keyboard shortcuts)

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Go to selected clip start (when Effect Controls panel is active)

Home

Home

Go to selected clip end (when Effect Controls panel is active)

End

End

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