Moving and Resizing Final Cut Pro Windows

All open windows in Final Cut Pro—the Browser, Viewer, Canvas, and Timeline—can be individually moved and resized to suit both your working style and the task at hand, even across multiple monitors.

Note: You can also resize and move the Tool Bench window, a window used for specialized editing, including audio mixing and recording voiceovers.

Figure. Final Cut Pro main windows showing the Two Up layout.

For example, you may want to increase the height of the Timeline while simultaneously shrinking the size of the Viewer and Canvas to work on a sophisticated multitrack sequence. You could also enlarge the Browser while shrinking the Timeline to perform multicolumn searches for clips in the Browser as you edit.

Figure. Final Cut Pro main windows showing the result of resizing multiple windows at once.

When you’re viewing windows arranged together on a single monitor, you can drag the border between any aligned group of adjacent windows to quickly resize all the windows at the same time.

To resize multiple windows at the same time
  1. Move the pointer over the border between the windows you want to resize.

    The pointer changes to the Resize Window pointer.

    Figure. Window borders showing two different resize pointers, one for resizing multiple windows at once,  the other for resizing two windows.
  2. Drag the border in the desired direction to resize the appropriate windows.

    The windows on either side of the border are resized accordingly.

Any border between two windows in Final Cut Pro can be dragged. When borders line up, such as the tops of the Browser and Timeline, they act as a single border—resizing one window resizes the other as well.