Learn How to Master Keyboard Shortcuts for Adobe Premiere Pro

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October 18, 2022

Learn How to Master Keyboard Shortcuts for Adobe Premiere Pro

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Adobe Premiere Pro keyboard shortcut combines two or more keyboards to execute commands quickly. Keyboard shortcuts remove over-dependency on the mouse when editing video.

No doubt, learning keyboard shortcuts can be intimidating at the start. It involves practice and memorizing strings of alphabets and numbers. Mastering how to take actions with shortcuts can help you save time on tasks.

In this article, you’ll learn how to enhance your workflow and skills with Adobe Premiere Pro keyboard shortcuts.

How to Use Premiere Pro Keyboard Shortcuts

Learning Adobe Premiere shortcuts is one of the ways you can start editing videos like a pro. Luckily, this software supports various keyboard shortcuts that will boost your workflow and productivity level.

Here are two things needed to help you use keyboard shortcuts: set your keyboard for shortcuts and memorize them.

Though keyboard shortcuts are automatically enabled on Mac and Windows computers, you should verify their status.

For Mac – 

  1. Launch Adobe Premiere Pro
  2. Go to menu
  3. Select Keyboard shortcuts

For Windows – 

  1. Open the Adobe Premiere Pro app
  2. Go to Edit
  3. Select Keyboard Shortcuts

Once you verify that Adobe Premiere Pro keyboard shortcuts are active, it’s time to memorize and use them. Now, press the buttons on your keyboard to see how it works.

Most Useful Adobe Premiere Pro Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts are excellent for helping editors to work faster. Here are some Adobe Premiere Pro keyboard shortcuts to start using today:

  • Expand Panel Size (`, Backtick)

Pressing this key maximizes the panel to full-screen size. It does the job quickly when you want a full-screen preview.

  • Shuttle Controls (J, K, and L)

Keep pressing either of these keys to move through your timeline quicker. Press the L button to fast forward, K to pause, and reverse with J.

  • In and Out points (I and O)

Select a clip on your timeline. Press I to mark the In point and O for the Out point on the selected clip.

  • Edit (Ctrl / Cmd + K)

As one of the most used Adobe Premiere Pro keyboard shortcuts, it brings out the cutting tool for edits. Assign this shortcut to one of the buttons on your mouse for quicker clip cuts.

  • Shuttling Clip (Down + Up buttons)

Get to your edit points with these keys. Press the Up and Down buttons to get anywhere on your edit timeline. Toggling between A and V markers enables you to select the layer to the shuttle.

  • Paste Attributes (Cmd /Ctrl + Alt + V)

Though you may not use this shortcut often, it’s a fantastic way to paste over attributes between clips.

  • Undo (Cmd / Ctrl + Z)

If you have ever used Ms. Word, you’re familiar with this command. When you make a mistake or change your mind about an edit, hit the undo button to reverse your decision.

  • Match Frame (F)

This shortcut copies the selected clip to the preview window of your timeline.

  • Selection Tool (V)

You can press V to return to your selection tool when working with titles.

  • Individual Clips (Click + Alt)

Though this shortcut combines a keyboard key and mouse button, it’s pretty useful. With this shortcut, you can work on audio without clipping video.

Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet

Speed up your Adobe Premiere Pro skills and limit your use of the mouse with these keyboard shortcuts:

File Shortcut keys

Command Windows Mac
Project/Production Ctrl +Alt + N Opt + Cmd + N
Sequence Ctrl + N Cmd + N
Bin Ctrl + / Cmd + /
Open Project / Production Ctrl + O Cmd + O
Browse in Adobe Bridge Ctrl + Alt + O Opt + Cmd + O
Close Project Ctrl + Shift + W Shift + Cmd + W
Close Ctrl + W Cmd + W
Save Ctrl + S Cmd + S
Save As Ctrl + Shift + S Shift + Cmd + S
Save A Copy Ctrl + Alt + S Opt + Cmd + S
Capture F5 F5
Batch Capture F6 F6
Import from Media Browser Ctrl + Alt + I Opt + Cmd + I
Import Ctrl + I Cmd + I
Export Media Ctrl + M Cmd + M
Get Properties for Selection Ctrl + Shift + H Shift + Cmd + H
Exit Ctrl + Q Cmd + Q


Clip Shortcut Keys

Command Windows Mac
Make Subclip Ctrl + U Cmd + U
Audio Channels Shift + G Shift + G
Audio Gain G G
Speed/Duration Ctrl + R Cmd + R
Insert , ,
Overwrite . .
Enable Shift + E Shift + Cmd + E
Link Ctrl + L Cmd + L
Group Ctrl + G Cmd + G
Ungroup Ctrl + Shift + G Shift + Cmd + G

Edit Shortcut Keys

Command Windows Mac
Undo Ctrl + Z Cmd + Z
Redo Ctrl + Shift + Z Shift + Cmd + Z
Cut Ctrl + X Cmd + X
Copy Ctrl + C Cmd + C
Paste Ctrl + V Cmd + V
Paste Insert Ctrl + Shift + V Shift + Cmd + V
Paste Attributes Ctrl + Alt + V Opt + Cmd + V
Clear Delete Forward Delete
Ripple Delete Shift + Delete Shift + Forward Delete
Duplicate Ctrl + Shift + / Shift + Cmd + /
Select All Ctrl + A Cmd + A
Deselect All Ctrl + Shift + A Shift + Cmd + A
Find Ctrl + F Cmd + F
Edit Original Ctrl + E Cmd + E
Keyboard Shortcuts Ctrl + Alt + K Cmd + Opt + K

Sequence Shortcut Keys

Command Windows Mac
Render Effects in Work Area Enter Enter
Match Frame F F
Reverse Match Frame Shift + R Shift + R
Add Edit Ctrl + K Cmd + K
Add Edit to All Tracks Ctrl + Shift + K Shift + Cmd + K
Trim Edit Shift + T Cmd + T
Extend Selected Edit to Play head E E
Apply Video Transition Ctrl + D Cmd + D
Apply Audio Transition Ctrl + Shift + D Shift + Cmd + D
Apply Default Transitions to Selection Shift + D Shift + D
Lift ; ;
Zoom In = =
Zoom Out
Next in Sequence Shift + ; Shift + ;
Previous in Sequence Ctrl + Shift + ; Opt + ;
Snap in Timeline S S
Make Subsequence Shift + U Cmd + U
Add new caption track Ctrl + Alt + A Opt + Cmd + A
Add caption at playhead Ctrl + Alt + C Opt + Cmd + C
Go to next caption segment Ctrl + Alt + Down Opt + Cmd + Down
Go to previous caption segment Ctrl + Alt + Up Opt + Cmd + Up


Markers Shortcut keys

Command Windows Mac
Mark In I I
Mark Out O O
Mark Clip X X
Mark Selection / /
Go to In Shift + I Shift + I
Clear In Ctrl + Shift + I Opt + I
Clear Out Ctrl + Shift + O Opt + O
Clear In and Out Ctrl + Shift + X Opt + X
Add Marker M M
Go to Next Marker Shift + M Shift + M
Go to Previous Marker Ctrl + Shift + M Shift + Cmd + M
Clear Selected Marker Ctrl + Alt + M Opt + M
Clear All Markers Ctrl + Alt + Shift + M Opt + Cmd + M
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How to Customize Keyboard Shortcuts in Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro allows users to add their personalized keyboard shortcuts. It serves a bunch if you’re not comfortable with the default shortcuts. Luckily, it takes another shortcut to add your customized Adobe premiere Pro shortcut keys. For Windows, press Ctrl+Alt+K and Cmd+Opt+ for Mac.Now a screen keyboard appears where you can add or delete shortcuts. It takes a little practice to master the interface. So, try it now to discover more for yourself.

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Shortcuts improve your skills and make editing more enjoyable. The more you practice these shortcuts, the faster you can complete tasks and make more money.Get the best out of your video editing time. Explore the Storyblocks library to create beautiful and exciting videos in minutes. Check out our Adobe Premiere Pro templates and Adobe After Effects templates to make your video editing even easier!

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