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Ableton shortcuts for 2019 complete list including Mac + PDF


Looking for the shortcuts Ableton has to offer? There are quite a lot of shortcuts for Ableton! But helpful since you need to improve your workflow always as a producer! People often forget that improving their workflow is essential for music production and being a successful producer. If you can perform actions with shortcuts instead of your mouse, you will notice that you just work way faster.

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So, don’t forget! Force yourself to start using all the shortcuts and you will notice that you are able to finish your music way faster!

Showing and Hiding Views

Function

Windows

Mac

Toggle Full Screen Mode

F11

CTRL-CMD-F

Toggle Second Window

CTRL-Shift-W

CMD-Shift-W

Toggle Session/Arrangement View

Tab

Tab

Toggle Device/Clip View

Shift-Tab or F12

Shift-Tab or CTRL-F12

Hide/Show Detail View

CTRL-ALT-L or Shift-F12

CMD-ALT-L or CTRL-Shift-F12

Toggle Hot-Swap Mode

Q

Q

Toggle Drum Rack/last-selected Pad

D

D

Hide/Show Info View

Shift-?

Shift-?

Hide/Show Video Window

CTRL-ALT-V

CTRL-ALT-V

Hide/Show Browser

CTRL-ALT-B

CMD-ALT-B

Hide/Show Overview

CTRL-ALT-O

CMD-ALT-O

Hide/Show In/Out

CTRL-ALT-I

CMD-ALT-I

Hide/Show Sends

CTRL-ALT-S

CMD-ALT-S

Hide/Show Mixer

CTRL-ALT-M

CMD-ALT-M

Open the Preferences

CTRL-,

CMD-,

Close Window/Dialog

ESC

ESC

 

2 Accessing Menus

Decrement/Increment

up and down arrow keys

up and down arrow keys

Finer Resolution for Dragging

Shift

Shift

Return to Default

Delete

Delete

Type in Value

0...9

0...9

Go to Next Field (Bar.beat.16th)

.-,

.-,

Abort Value Entry

ESC

ESC

Confirm Value Entry

Enter

Enter

 

3 Adjusting Values

Scroll Down/Up

up and down arrow keys

up and down arrow keys

Close/Open Folders

right and left arrow keys

right and left arrow keys

Load Selected Item from Browser

Enter

Enter

Preview Selected File

Shift-Enter

Shift-Enter

Search in Browser

CTRL-F

CMD-F

Jump to Search Results

down arrow key

down arrow key

Assign Color(s) to Selected Browser Item(s)

1...7

1...7

Reset Assigned Color(s) for Selected Browser Item

0

0

 

4 Browsing

Play from Start Marker/Stop

Space

Space

Continue Play from Stop Point

Shift-Space

Shift-Space

Play Arrangement View Selection

Space

Space

Move Insert Marker to Beginning

Home

Function+left arrow key

Record

F9

F9

Back to Arrangement

F10

F10

Activate/Deactivate Track 1..8

F1...F8

F1...F8

 

5 Transport

Cut

CTRL-X

CMD-X

Copy

CTRL-C

CMD-C

Paste

CTRL-V

CMD-V

Duplicate

CTRL-D

CMD-D

Delete

Delete

Delete

Undo

CTRL-Z

CMD-Z

Redo

CTRL-Y

CMD-Y

Rename

CTRL-R

CMD-R

Select All

CTRL-A

CMD-A

 

6 Editing

Clips and Slots Across all Tracks

Shift

Shift

Time Across all Tracks

Shift

Shift

The Selected Part of the Envelope

ALT

ALT

 

7 Loop Brace and Start/End Markers

Move Start Marker to Position

Shift-click

Shift-click

Nudge Loop Left/Right

right and left arrow keys

right and left arrow keys

Move Loop By Loop Length

up and down arrow keys

up and down arrow keys

Halve/Double Loop Length

CTRL up and down arrow keys

CMD up and down arrow keys

Shorten/Lengthen Loop

CTRL right and left arrow keys

CMD right and left arrow keys

Select Material in Loop

CTRL-Shift-L

CMD-Shift-L

 

8 Session View Commands

Launch Selected Clip/Slot

Enter

Enter

Select Neighboring Clip/Slot

arrow keys

arrow keys

Select all Clips/Slots

CTRL-A

CMD-A

Copy Clips

CTRLdrag

ALTdrag

Add/Remove Stop Button

CTRL-E

CMD-E

Insert MIDI clip

CTRL-Shift-M

CMD-Shift-M

Insert Scene

CTRL-I

CMD-I

Insert Captured Scene

CTRL-Shift-I

CMD-Shift-I

Move Nonadjacent Scenes Without Collapsing

CTRL up and down arrow keys

CMD up and down arrow keys

Drop Browser Clips as a Scene

CTRL

CMD

Deactivate Selected Clip

0

0

 

9 Arrangement View Commands

Split Clip at Selection

CTRL-E

CMD-E

Consolidate Selection into Clip

CTRL-J

CMD-J

Create Fade/Crossfade

CTRL-ALT-F

CMD-ALT-F

Toggle Loop Selection

CTRL-L

CMD-L

Insert Silence

CTRL-I

CMD-I

Pan Left/Right of Selection

CTRL-ALT

CMD-ALT

Unfold all Tracks

ALT unfold button

ALT unfold button

Scroll Display to Follow Playback

CTRL-Shift-F

CMD-Shift-F

Deactivate Selection

0

0

Nudge Selection Left/Right

right and left arrow keys

right and left arrow keys

Reverse Audio Clip Selection

R

R

Zoom to Arrangement Time Selection

Z

Z

Zoom Back from Arrangement Time Selection/Zoom Out Arrangement Completely

Shift-Z

Shift-Z

 

10 Commands for Tracks

Insert Audio Track

CTRL-T

CMD-T

Insert MIDI Track

CTRL-Shift-T

CMD-Shift-T

Insert Return Track

CTRL-ALT-T

CMD-ALT-T

Rename Selected Track

CTRL-R

CMD-R

While Renaming, Go to next Track

Tab

Tab

Group Selected Tracks

CTRL-G

CMD-G

Ungroup Tracks

CTRL-Shift-G

CMD-Shift-G

Show Grouped Tracks

+

+

Hide Grouped Tracks

-

-

Move Nonadjacent Tracks Without Collapsing

CTRL arrow keys

CMD arrow keys

Arm/Solo Multiple Tracks

CTRL click

CMD click

Add Device from Browser

Enter

Enter

Deactivate Selected Track

0

0

 

11 Commands for Breakpoint Envelopes

Toggle Automation Mode

A

A

Finer Resolution for Dragging

Shift

Shift

Create Curved Automation Segment

ALT

ALT

 

12 Key/MIDI Map Mode and the Computer MIDI Keyboard

Toggle MIDI Map Mode

CTRL-M

CMD-M

Toggle Key Map Mode

CTRL-K

CMD-K

Computer MIDI Keyboard

M

M

Adjust Computer MIDI Keyboard Octave Range Up/Down

X and Y keys

X and Y keys

Adjust Computer MIDI Keyboard Incoming Note Velocity Up/Down

C and V keys

C and V keys

 

13 Zooming, Display and Selections

Zoom In

+

+

Zoom Out

-

-

Drag/Click to Append to a Selection

Shift

Shift

Click to Add Adjacent Clips/Tracks/Scenes to Multi-Selection

Shift

Shift

Click to Add Nonadjacent Clips/Tracks/Scenes to a Multi-Selection

CTRL

CMD

Follow (Auto-Scroll)

CTRL-Shift-F

CMD-Shift-K

Pan Left/Right of Selection

CTRL-ALT

CMD-ALT

 

14 Clip View Sample Display

Quantize

CTRL-U

CMD-U

Quantize Settings...

CTRL-Shift-U

CMD-Shift-U

Move Selected Warp Marker

right and left arrow keys

right and left arrow keys

Select Warp Marker

CTRLright and left arrow keys

CMDright and left arrow keys

Scroll Display to Follow Playback

CTRL-Shift-F

CMD-Shift-F

Move Clip Region with Start Marker

Shiftright and left arrow keys

Shiftright and left arrow keys

Zoom to Clip Selection

Z

Z

Zoom Back from Clip Selection/Zoom Out Clip Completely

Shift-Z

Shift-Z

 

15 Clip View MIDI Editor

Quantize

CTRL-U

CMD-U

Quantize Settings...

CTRL-Shift-U

CMD-Shift-U

Scroll Editor Vertically

Page Up/Down keys

Page Up/Down keys

Scroll Editor Horizontally

CTRL Page Up/Down keys

Shift Page Up/Down keys

Copy Notes

CTRLdrag

ALTdrag

Change Velocity From Note Editor

ALTdrag

CMDdrag

Move Insert Marker to Beginning

Home

Function+left arrow key

Move Insert Marker to End

End

End

Scroll Display to Follow Playback

CTRL-Shift-F

CMD-Shift-F

Move Clip Region with Start Marker

Shiftright and left arrow keys

Shiftright and left arrow keys

Zoom to Clip Selection

Z

Z

Zoom Back from Clip Selection/Zoom Out Clip Completely

Shift-Z

Shift-Z

 

16 Grid Snapping and Drawing

Toggle Draw Mode

B

B

Narrow Grid

CTRL-1

CMD-1

Widen Grid

CTRL-2

CMD-2

Triplet Grid

CTRL-3

CMD-3

Snap to Grid

CTRL-4

CMD-4

Fixed/Zoom-Adaptive Grid

CTRL-5

CMD-5

Bypass Snapping While Dragging

ALT

CMD

 

17 Global Quantization

Sixteenth-Note Quantization

CTRL-6

CMD-6

Eighth-Note Quantization

CTRL-7

CMD-7

Quarter-Note Quantization

CTRL-8

CMD-8

1-Bar Quantization

CTRL-9

CMD-9

Quantization Off

CTRL-0

CMD-0

 

18 Working with Sets and the Program

New Live Set

CTRL-N

CMD-N

Open Live Set

CTRL-O

CMD-O

Save Live Set

CTRL-S

CMD-S

Save Live Set As...

CTRL-Shift-S

CMD-Shift-S

Quit Live

CTRL-Q

CMD-Q

Hide Live

 

CMD-H

Export Audio/Video

CTRL-Shift-R

CMD-Shift-R

Export MIDI file

CTRL-Shift-E

CMD-Shift-E

 

19 Working with Plug-Ins and Devices

Show/Hide Plug-In Windows

CTRL-ALT-P

CMD-ALT-P

Open Second/Multiple Windows with Plug-In Edit Button

CTRL

CMD

Open Mac Keystroke Plug-In Window

with Plug-In Edit Button

 

Shift

Group/Ungroup Devices

CTRL-G

CMD-G

Activate/Deactivate All Devices in Group

ALT device activator

ALT device activator

Click to Append Devices to a Selected Device

Shift

Shift

Load Selected Device From Browser

Enter

Enter