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Adding Shortcut Buttons

Although the interface buttons you see in the Viewer and Canvas can't be changed, you can add shortcut buttons to a button bar in the Browser, Viewer, Canvas, and Timeline windows. The Timeline default layout has two buttons; the other windows have only the button tabs with no buttons in-between. If you edit extensively with your mouse, having buttons for specific functions you use frequently can significantly speed up the editing process. You can choose buttons from two places: the Keyboard Layout window or the Button List window. Both operate the same way.

To open the button list, choose Tools > Button List.

This is the same list that appears on the Keyboard Layout window. In fact, you could use the Keyboard Layout window to perform these steps.

Click in the search entry area at the top of the commands list to bring up an alphabetized list of commands.


To return to the main function and command menu listing, click the X to the right of the search entry field.

Type the word audio to search for all the audio commands in Final Cut Pro. Click the X to clear the entry field, or delete the individual characters, and type transition. Clear the field and type the word import to search for all the import commands.

A different list of commands is displayed every time a new word is entered in the search field. Each command has a unique visual icon depicting the function it represents.


After entering a word in the search field, don't press Return. Final Cut Pro will read it as a keystroke and try to search for items that use that keystroke.

Click and drag the Import Files icon into the Browser between the button tabs and release the mouse.

The Import Files button is added to the button bar of the Browser.

Repeat step 4 with the Import Folder command.

The Browser now has an Import Files button and an Import Folder button.

Hold your mouse over one of these shortcut buttons to reveal the tooltip that identifies it.

One at a time, drag the Audio Mixer, Add Audio Transition, and Lock All Audio Tracks buttons to the Timeline button bar.

This adds a group of buttons that all involve audio. To distinguish them from the other non-audio buttons, you can color code them.

Ctrl-click the Audio Mixer button and choose Color > Blue from the shortcut menu. Make the other audio buttons blue as well.


To separate the audio buttons from the default Timeline buttons, Ctrl-click the Audio Mixer button and choose Add Spacer from the shortcut menu.

To load a preset button bar, choose Tools > Button Bars > Audio Editing, and look at the new audio buttons in the Timeline button bar. ChooseTools > Button Bars > Media Logging, and look at the new media buttons in the Browser button bar.

To remove the buttons from a window's button bar, such as the Browser, Ctrl-click in the Browser's button bar and choose Remove > All from the shortcut menu. To restore the default button bar layout, Ctrl-click in the Timeline button bar and choose Remove > All / Restore Default from the shortcut menu.



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