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Window Properties

Final Cut Pro's interface windows share similar properties with other OS X windows. They can be opened, closed, minimized, and repositioned using the OS X Close, Minimize, and Zoom buttons in the upper-left corner of the window. Each window displays its name in the title bar area.

Click the Browser to make it the active window.

Active Browser window when selected

Inactive Browser window when another window is selected

An active window has a lighter title bar, and you can easily read the window name. An inactive window has a dark gray title bar that blends in with the name. Only one window can be active at a time. Making a window active in the interface is an important part of the editing process because some editing functions will only be available to you if a specific window is active.

Click the Viewer window to make it active, and then click the Close button in the upper-left corner.

In most OS X windows, this button is red. In Final Cut Pro, this set of buttons takes on the gray of the interface. But these buttons still perform the same functions as they do in other OS X windows.

To restore the Viewer window, choose Window > Viewer, or press Cmd-1.

You can open and close each interface window by choosing the window name in the Window menu or with a keyboard shortcut.


Because of the small size of the Tool palette and audio meters, they have just one button to close the window.

Drag the Browser window title bar to move this window away from its current position. Drag it again and allow it to snap back into its original position.

All Final Cut Pro interface windows snap together, even though they are separate windows.



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