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Key commands

The default key commands
Below, the default key commands are listed according to

• As described in the section “Key command conventi-
ons” on page 12, modifier keys are written as:
[Win modifier key]/[Mac modifier key].
For example, “[Ctrl]/[Command]-[N]” in the list below means “press [Ctrl]
under Windows or [Command] under Mac OS X, then press [N]”.

Audio category

Automation category

Devices category

Edit category

! When the Virtual Keyboard is displayed, the usual key
commands are blocked because they are reserved for
the Virtual Keyboard. The only exceptions are: [Ctrl]/
[Command]-[S] (Save), Num [*] (Start/Stop Record),
[Space] (Start/Stop Playback), Num [1] (Jump to left
locator), [Delete] or [Backspace] (Delete), Num [/]
(Cycle on/off), [F2] (Show/Hide Transport panel), and
[Alt]/[Option]-[K] (Show/Hide Virtual Keyboard).

Option Key command

Adjust Fades to Range [A]

Auto Grid [Shift]-[Q]

Crossfade [X]

Find Selected in Pool [Ctrl]/[Command]-[F]

Option Key command

Toggle Read Enable All Tracks [Alt]/[Option]-[R]

Toggle Write Enable All Tracks [Alt]/[Option]-[W]

Option Key command

Mixer [F3]

Virtual Keyboard [Alt]/[Option]-[K]

Video [F8]

VST Connections [F4]

VST Instruments [F11]

VST Performance [F12]

Option Key command

Autoscroll [F]

Copy [Ctrl]/[Command]-[C]

Cut [Ctrl]/[Command]-[X]

Cut Time [Ctrl]/[Command]-[Shift]-[X]

Delete [Delete] or [Backspace]

Delete Time [Shift]-[Backspace]

Duplicate [Ctrl]/[Command]-[D]

Edit In-place [Ctrl]/[Command]-[Shift]-[I]

Group [Ctrl]/[Command]-[G]

Insert Silence [Ctrl]/[Command]-[Shift]-[E]

Left Selection Side to Cursor [E]

Lock [Ctrl]/[Command]-[Shift]-[L]

Move to Cursor [Ctrl]/[Command]-[L]

Mute [M]

Mute Events [Shift]-[M]

Mute/Unmute Objects [Alt]/[Option]-[M]

Open Default Editor [Ctrl]/[Command]-[E]

Open Score Editor [Ctrl]/[Command]-[R]

Open/Close Editor [Return]

Paste [Ctrl]/[Command]-[V]

Paste at Origin [Alt]/[Option]-[V]

Paste Time [Ctrl]/[Command]-[Shift]-[V]

Record Enable [R]

Redo [Ctrl]/[Command]-[Shift]-[Z]

Repeat [Ctrl]/[Command]-[K]

Right Selection Side to Cursor [D]

Select All [Ctrl]/[Command]-[A]

Select None [Ctrl]/[Command]-[Shift]-[A]

Snap On/Off [J]

Solo [S]

Split At Cursor [Alt]/[Option]-[X]

Split Range [Shift]-[X]

Undo [Ctrl]/[Command]-[Z]

Ungroup [Ctrl]/[Command]-[U]

Unlock [Ctrl]/[Command]-[Shift]-[U]

Unmute Events [Shift]-[U]

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Key commands

Editors category

File category

Media category

MIDI category

Navigate category

Nudge category

Project category

Option Key command

Show/Hide Info view [Ctrl]/[Command]-[I]

Show/Hide Inspector [Alt]/[Option]-[I]

Show/Hide Overview [Alt]/[Option]-[O]

Option Key command

Close [Ctrl]/[Command]-[W]

New [Ctrl]/[Command]-[N]

Open [Ctrl]/[Command]-[O]

Quit [Ctrl]/[Command]-[Q]

Save [Ctrl]/[Command]-[S]

Save As [Ctrl]/[Command]-[Shift]-[S]

Save New Version [Ctrl]/[Command]-[Alt]/[Option]-[S]

Option Key command

Open Loop Browser [F6]

Open MediaBay [F5]

Open Sound Browser [F7]

Option Key command

Quantize [Q]

Option Key command

Add Down:
Expand/Undo selection in the Project
window to the bottom/ Move se-
lected event in the Key Editor down
1 octave

[Shift]-[Down Arrow]

Add Left:
Expand/Undo selection in the Project
window/Key Editor to the left

[Shift]-[Left Arrow]

Add Right:
Expand/Undo selection in the Project
window/Key Editor to the right

[Shift]-[Right Arrow]

Add Up:
Expand/Undo selection in the Project
window to the top/Move selected
event in the Key Editor up one octave

[Shift]-[Up Arrow]

Select next in the Project window/
Move selected event in the Key
Editor one semitone down

[Down Arrow]

Select next in the Project window/
Key Editor

[Left Arrow]

Select next in the Project window/
Key Editor

[Right Arrow]

Select next in the Project window/
Move selected event in the Key
Editor one semitone up

[Up Arrow]

Select bottom track in the Track list


Select top track in the Track list


Toggle Selection [Ctrl]/[Command]-[Space]

Option Key command

End Left [Alt]/[Option]-[Shift]-[Left Arrow]

End Right [Alt]/[Option]-[Shift]-[Right Arrow]

Left [Ctrl]/[Command]-[Left Arrow]

Right [Ctrl]/[Command]-[Right Arrow]

Start Left [Alt]/[Option]-[Left Arrow]

Start Right [Alt]/[Option]-[Right Arrow]

Option Key command

Open Browser [Ctrl]/[Command]-[B]

Open Markers [Ctrl]/[Command]-[M]

Open/Close Pool [Ctrl]/[Command]-[P]

Open Tempo Track Editor [Ctrl]/[Command]-[T]

Setup [Shift]-[S]

Show/Hide Track Colors [Shift]-[C]

Option Key command

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Tool category

Transport category

Workspace category

Zoom category

Option Key command

Delete tool [5]

Draw tool [8]

Drumstick tool [0]

Glue tool [4]

Mute tool [7]

Next Tool [F10]

Play tool [9]

Previous Tool [F9]

Range tool [2]

Select tool [1]

Split tool [3]

Zoom tool [6]

Option Key command

Auto Punch In [I]

Auto Punch Out [O]

Cycle Num [/]

Exchange time formats [.]

Fast Forward [Shift]-Num [+]

Fast Rewind [Shift]-Num [-]

Forward Num [-]

Input Left Locator [Shift]-[L]

Input Position [Shift]-[P]

Input Right Locator [Shift]-[R]

Input Tempo [Shift]-[T]

Insert Marker [Insert] (Win)

Locate Next Event [N]

Locate Next Marker [Shift]-[N]

Locate Previous Event [B]

Locate Previous Marker [Shift]-[B]

Locate Selection [L]

Locators to Selection [P]

Loop Selection [Shift]-[G]

Metronome On [C]

Nudge Cursor right [Ctrl]/[Command]-Num [-]

Nudge Cursor left [Ctrl]/[Command]-Num [+]

Panel (Transport panel) [F2]

Play Selection Range [Alt]/[Option]-[Space]

Recall Cycle Marker 1 to 9 [Shift]-Num [1] to Num [9]

Record Num [*]

Retrospective Record [Shift]-Num [*]

Return to Zero Num [.] or Num [,]

Rewind Num [-]

Set Left Locator [Ctrl]/[Command]-Num [1]

Set Marker 1 [Ctrl]/[Command]-[1]

Set Marker 2 [Ctrl]/[Command]-[2]

Set Marker 3 to 9 [Ctrl]/[Command]-Num [3] to [9] or
[Ctrl]/[Command]- [3] to [9]

Set Right Locator [Ctrl]/[Command]-Num [2]

Play [Enter]

Start/Stop [Space]

Stop Num [0]

To Left Locator Num [1]

To Marker 1 [Shift]-[1]

To Marker 2 [Shift]-[2]

To Marker 3 to 9 Num [3] to [9] or [Shift]-[3] to [9]

To Right Locator Num [2]

Use External Sync [T]

Option Key command

Lock/Unlock Active Workspace [Alt]/[Option]-Num [0]

New [Ctrl]/[Command]-Num [0]

Organize [W]

Workspace 1-9 [Alt]/[Option]-Num [1-9]

Option Key command

Zoom Full [Shift]-[F]

Zoom In [H]

Zoom In Tracks [Alt]/[Option]-[Down Arrow]

Zoom Out [G]

Zoom Out Tracks [Alt]/[Option]-[Up Arrow] or
[Ctrl]/[Command]-[Up Arrow]

Zoom to Event [Shift]-[E]

Zoom to Selection [Alt]/[Option]-[S]

Zoom Tracks Exclusive [Z] or [Ctrl]/[Command]-
[Down Arrow]

Option Key command

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Key commands

Most of the main menus in Cubase have key command
shortcuts for certain items on the menus. In addition, there
are numerous other Cubase functions that can be per-
formed via key commands. These are all default settings. If
you want, you can customize existing key commands to
your liking, and also add commands for menu items and
functions that have no key command assigned.

How are key commands settings saved?

Every time you edit or add any key command assignment,
this is stored as a global Cubase preference – not as part
of a project. Hence, if you edit or add a key command as-
signment, any subsequent projects that you create or
open will use these modified settings. However, the de-
fault settings can be restored at any time by clicking the
Reset All button in the Key Commands dialog.

In addition, you can save key commands settings as a “key
commands file”, which is stored separately and can be im-
ported into any project. This way you can quickly and easily
recall customized settings, when moving projects between
different computers, for example. The settings are saved in
an .xml file on the hard disk.

How to save key commands settings is described in the
section “About key commands presets” on page 482.

Setting up key commands
The following is a description of how you set up key com-
mands and save them as presets for easy access. Key
commands settings are accessed and edited in the Key
Commands dialog.

Adding or modifying a key command
In the Key Commands dialog you will find all main menu
items and a large number of other functions, arranged in a
hierarchical way similar to the Windows Explorer and Mac
OS Finder. The function categories are represented by a
number of folders, each containing various menu items and

functions. When you open a category folder by clicking the
plus sign beside it, the items and functions it contains are
displayed with the currently assigned key commands.

To add a key command, proceed as follows:

1. Pull down the File menu and select “Key Commands…”.
The Key Commands dialog appears.

2. In the Commands list on the left, choose a category.

3. Click the plus sign to open the category folder and
display the items it contains.
Note that you can also click the “global” plus and minus signs in the top
left corner to open and close all category folders at once.

4. In the list, select the item to which you want to assign
a key command.
Already assigned key commands are shown in the Keys column as well
as in the Keys section in the top right corner.

! You can also assign tool modifier keys, i.e. keys that
change the behavior of various tools when pressed.
This is done in the Preferences dialog – see “Setting
up tool modifier keys” on page 483.

Key commands are displayed here.

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5. Alternatively, you can use the search function in the
dialog to find the desired item.
For a description of how to use the search function, see below.

6. When you have found and selected the desired item,
click in the “Type in Key” field and enter a new key com-
You can choose any single key or a combination of one or several modi-
fier keys ([Alt]/[Option], [Ctrl]/[Command], [Shift]) plus any key. Just
press the keys you want to use.

7. If the key command you entered is already assigned to
another item or function, this is displayed below the “Type
in Key” field.
You can either ignore this and proceed to assign the key command to
the new function instead, or you can select another key command.

8. Click the Assign button above the field.
The new key command appears in the Keys List.

9. Click OK to exit the dialog.

You can set up several different key commands for the
same function. Adding a key command to a function that
already has another key command will not replace the key
command previously defined for the function. If you wish
to remove a key command, see below.

Searching for key commands
If you want to know which key command is assigned to a
certain function in the program, you can use the Search
function in the Key Commands dialog:

1. Click in the search text field at the top left of the dialog
and type in the function for which you want to know the key
This is a standard word search function, so you should type the command
as it is spelled in the program. Partial words can be used; to search for all
quantize related commands, type “Quantize”, “Quant”, etc.

2. Click the Search button (the magnifying glass icon).
The search is conducted and the first matching command is selected
and displayed in the Commands list below. The Keys column and the
Keys list show the assigned key commands, if any.

3. To search for more commands containing the word(s)
you entered, click the Search button again.

4. When you are done, click OK to close the dialog.

Removing a key command
To remove a key command, proceed as follows:

1. Use the list of categories and commands to select the
item or function for which you wish to remove a key com-
The key command is shown in the Keys column and the Keys list.

2. Select the key command in the Keys list and click the
Delete button (the trash icon).
You are asked whether you really want to remove the key command.

3. Click Remove to remove the selected key command.

4. Click OK to close the dialog.

Setting up macros
A macro is a combination of several functions or commands
to be performed in one go. For example, you could select all
events on the selected audio track, remove DC offset, nor-
malize the events and duplicate them, all with a single com-

Macros are set up in the Key Commands dialog as follows:

1. Click the Show Macros button.
The macro settings are shown in the lower part of the dialog. To hide
these from view, click the button (now renamed Hide Macros) again.

2. Click New Macro.
A new, unnamed macro appears in the Macros list. Name it by typing the
desired name. You can rename a macro at any time by selecting it in the
list and typing in a new name.

3. Make sure the macro is selected, and use the catego-
ries and commands in the upper half of the dialog to se-
lect the first command you want to include in the macro.

4. Click Add Command.
The selected command appears in the list of commands in the Macros

! If the key command you enter is already assigned to
another function, you will get a warning message
asking if you really want to reassign the command to
the new function.

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5. Repeat the procedure to add more commands to the
Note that commands are added after the currently selected command in
the list. This allows you to insert commands “in the middle” of an existing

A macro with three commands

• To remove a command from the macro, select it in the
Macros list and click Delete.

• Similarly, to remove an entire macro, select it in the
Macros list and click Delete.

After you have closed the Key Commands dialog, all mac-
ros you have created appear at the bottom of the Edit menu
in the Macros submenu, available for instant selection.

You can also assign key commands to macros. All macros
you have created appear in the upper section of the Key
Commands dialog under the Macros category – just se-
lect a macro and assign a key command as with any other

About key commands presets
As mentioned above, any changes made to the key com-
mands (and macros) are automatically stored as a Cubase
preference. However, it is also possible to store key com-
mands settings separately. This way, you can store any
number of different key command settings as presets for
instant recall.

Saving key commands presets

Proceed as follows:

1. Set up the key commands and macros to your liking.
When setting up key commands, remember to click “Assign” to make the

2. Click the Save button next to the Presets pop-up
A dialog appears, allowing you to type in a name for the preset.

3. Click OK to save the preset.
Your saved key commands settings are now available on the Presets
pop-up menu.

Loading key command presets

To load a key command preset, simply select it from the
Presets pop-up menu.

Note that this operation may replace existing key com-
The key command settings you load will replace the current key command
settings for the same functions (if any). If you have macros of the same
name as those stored in the preset you load, these will be replaced too.
If you want to be able to revert to your current settings again, make sure to
save them first, as described above!

Loading earlier key commands settings

If you have saved key commands settings with an earlier
program version, it is possible to use them in Cubase 5, by
using the “Import Key Command File” function, which lets
you load and apply saved key commands or macros:

1. Open the Key Commands dialog.

2. Click the “Import Key Command File” button to the
right of the Presets pop-up menu.
A standard file dialog opens.

3. In the file dialog, use the “Files of type” pop-up menu
to specify if you want to import a key commands file
(“.key”) or a macro commands file (extension “.mac”).
When you have imported an older file, you might want to save it as a pre-
set (see above) to be able to access it from the Presets pop-up menu in
the future.

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