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The default key commands

Edit category Option

Below, the default key commands are listed according to 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).

• As described in the section “Key command conventions” on page 12, modifier keys are written as: [Win modifier key]/[Mac modifier key].

Key command







Cut Time



[Delete] or [Backspace]

Delete Time




Edit In-place




Insert Silence


Left Selection Side to Cursor




Move to Cursor




Audio category

Mute Events



Key command

Mute/Unmute Objects


Adjust Fades to Range


Open Default Editor


Auto Grid


Open Score Editor




Open/Close Editor





Paste at Origin


For example, “[Ctrl]/[Command]-[N]” in the list below means “press [Ctrl] under Windows or [Command] under Mac OS X, then press [N]”.

Find Selected in Pool

Automation category

Paste Time



Key command

Record Enable


Toggle Read Enable All Tracks




Toggle Write Enable All Tracks




Right Selection Side to Cursor


Devices category

Select All



Key command

Select None




Snap On/Off


Virtual Keyboard






Split At Cursor


VST Connections


Split Range


VST Instruments









Unmute Events


VST Performance

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Editors category Option

Key command

Show/Hide Info view


Show/Hide Inspector


Show/Hide Overview


File category Option

Key command








Key command

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

[Down Arrow]

Left: Select next in the Project window/ Key Editor

[Left Arrow]

Right: Select next in the Project window/ Key Editor

[Right Arrow]

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

[Up Arrow]

Bottom Select bottom track in the Track list





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

Top: Select top track in the Track list


Save As Save New Version


Toggle Selection


Media category

Nudge category


Key command


Key command

Open Loop Browser


End Left

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

Open MediaBay


End Right

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

Open Sound Browser



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


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

Start Left

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

Start Right

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

MIDI category Option

Key command



Project category Navigate category


Key command


Key command

Open Browser


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

[Shift]-[Down Arrow]

Open Markers


Open/Close Pool


Open Tempo Track Editor


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]



Show/Hide Track Colors


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

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Tool category


Key command

Key command

Play Selection Range



Recall Cycle Marker 1 to 9

[Shift]-Num [1] to Num [9]



Num [*]

Drumstick tool


Retrospective Record

[Shift]-Num [*]

Glue tool


Return to Zero

Num [.] or Num [,]



Num [-]

Next Tool


Set Left Locator

[Ctrl]/[Command]-Num [1]

Play tool


Set Marker 1


Previous Tool


Set Marker 2


Range tool


Set Marker 3 to 9

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

Select tool


Split tool


Zoom tool


Option Delete tool Draw tool

Mute tool

Transport category Option

Key command

Auto Punch In


Auto Punch Out



Num [/]

Exchange time formats


Fast Forward

[Shift]-Num [+]

Fast Rewind

[Shift]-Num [-]


Num [-]

Input Left Locator


Input Position


Input Right Locator


Input Tempo


Insert Marker

[Insert] (Win)

Set Right Locator

[Ctrl]/[Command]-Num [2]






Num [0]

To Left Locator

Num [1]

To Marker 1


To Marker 2


To Marker 3 to 9

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

To Right Locator

Num [2]

Use External Sync


Workspace category Option

Key command

Lock/Unlock Active Workspace

[Alt]/[Option]-Num [0]


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



Workspace 1-9

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

Locate Next Event


Locate Next Marker


Locate Previous Event


Locate Previous Marker


Locate Selection


Locators to Selection


Zoom Out


Loop Selection


Zoom Out Tracks

Metronome On


[Alt]/[Option]-[Up Arrow] or [Ctrl]/[Command]-[Up Arrow]

Nudge Cursor right

[Ctrl]/[Command]-Num [-]

Zoom to Event


Nudge Cursor left

[Ctrl]/[Command]-Num [+]

Panel (Transport panel)


Zoom category Option

Key command

Zoom Full


Zoom In


Zoom In Tracks

[Alt]/[Option]-[Down Arrow]

Zoom to Selection


Zoom Tracks Exclusive

[Z] or [Ctrl]/[Command][Down Arrow]

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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.

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 performed 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. !

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.

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 assignment, any subsequent projects that you create or open will use these modified settings. However, the default 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 imported 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.

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.

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

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.

Setting up key commands

4. In the list, select the item to which you want to assign a key command.

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

Already assigned key commands are shown in the Keys column as well as in the Keys section in the top right corner.

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

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.

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.

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 command.

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

You can choose any single key or a combination of one or several modifier keys ([Alt]/[Option], [Ctrl]/[Command], [Shift]) plus any key. Just press the keys you want to use.

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

Removing a key command

7. If the key command you entered is already assigned to another item or function, this is displayed below the “Type in Key” field.

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 command.

You can either ignore this and proceed to assign the key command to the new function instead, or you can select another key command.

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.

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

Setting up 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.

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, normalize the events and duplicate them, all with a single command.

9. Click OK to exit the dialog. Ö 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.

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.

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:

3. Make sure the macro is selected, and use the categories and commands in the upper half of the dialog to select the first command you want to include in the macro.

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 command.

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

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.

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5. Repeat the procedure to add more commands to the macro.

Saving key commands presets Proceed as follows:

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 macro.

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

2. Click the Save button next to the Presets pop-up menu. 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.

A macro with three commands

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

Ö Note that this operation may replace existing key commands!

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

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!

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

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.

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 select a macro and assign a key command as with any other function.

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

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

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 preset (see above) to be able to access it from the Presets pop-up menu in the future.

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4. Navigate to the file you want to import and click “Open”. The file is imported.

5. Click OK to exit the Key Commands dialog and apply the imported settings. The settings in the loaded key commands or macros file now replace the current settings.

About the “Reset” and “Reset All” functions

These two buttons in the Key Commands dialog will both restore the default settings. The following rules apply: • “Reset” will restore the default key command setting for the function selected in the Commands list. • “Reset All” will restore the default key commands for all commands. !

2. Select an option in the Categories list, and locate the action for which you want to edit the modifier key. For example, the “Copy” action mentioned above resides in the category “Drag & Drop”.

Note that the “Reset All” operation will cause any changes made to the default key commands to be lost! If you want to be able to revert to these settings again, make sure to save them first!

3. Select the action in the Action list. 4. Hold down the desired modifier key(s) and click the Assign button. The current modifier keys for the action are replaced. If the modifier keys you pressed are already assigned to another tool, you will be asked whether you want to overwrite them. If you do, this will leave the other tool without any modifier keys assigned.

Setting up tool modifier keys A tool modifier key is a key you can press to get an alternate function when using a tool. For example, clicking and dragging an event with the Arrow tool normally moves it – holding down a modifier key (by default [Alt]/[Option]) will copy it instead.

5. When you’re done, click OK to apply the changes and close the dialog.

The default assignments for tool modifier keys can be found in the Preferences (Editing–Tool Modifiers page). Here, you can also edit them: 1. Open the Preferences dialog and select the Editing– Tool Modifiers page.

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