Working with Shortcut Buttons and Button Bars

Shortcut buttons can be created and placed at the top of the main windows in Final Cut Pro—the Browser, Viewer, Canvas, Timeline, and any Tool Bench windows. You can then click any of these shortcut buttons in this “button bar” to perform commands, instead of entering the key combination or using menus.

Figure. Browser window showing shortcut buttons.

Some windows, such as the Timeline and Tool Bench, include some buttons in their button bar by default. You can delete these buttons, if you like (see Removing Shortcut Buttons).

Shortcut buttons display the icon of the command they perform, providing you with a visual cue to their function. In addition, when you move the pointer over a shortcut button, a tooltip for the specified command appears.

Figure. Browser window showing a shortcut button and the tooltip for it.

Note: Shortcut buttons are automatically saved when you quit Final Cut Pro. They are not saved per project.

Adding Shortcut Buttons to a Button Bar

Button bars that you set up are automatically saved when you quit the application and restored when you open it again. You can rearrange, copy, and drag shortcut buttons to further customize the button bar in each window.

Note: You can add any number of shortcut buttons to the button bar; however, excess buttons may not be visible within the window.

To create a shortcut button in the button bar of a window
  1. Make sure the window you want to add the shortcut button to is displayed. If you’re adding a shortcut button to the Tool Bench window, make sure the tab of the feature you want is in front.

  2. Choose Tools > Button List.

    The Button List window appears. This looks the same as the command list area of the Keyboard Layout window.

    Tip: You can also drag icons from the command list area or keyboard area of the Keyboard Layout window.

  3. Drag an icon from the Button List window to the window where you want the shortcut button to appear.

    Figure. Button list window showing an icon being dragged to a window.

A shortcut button with an icon for the specified operation now appears in the window. As more shortcut buttons are added to the button bar, tabs in the window move to accommodate them.

Note: You may need to resize the window to view all shortcut buttons and tabs. If the buttons in a button bar exceed the width of the window, a dot appears on the left edge of the button bar, indicating there are more buttons that cannot be seen. To see the additional buttons, you need to widen the window.

To use shortcut buttons to perform commands
  • Click the shortcut button in the button bar of the desired window.

    The window containing the shortcut button does not have to be active.

Rearranging, Moving, and Copying Shortcut Buttons

New shortcut buttons are placed to the left or right of existing buttons. You can move and copy shortcut buttons within a window and to different windows. You can also add “spacers” between shortcut buttons to organize them in the button bar.

To rearrange shortcut buttons in a button bar
  • In the button bar, drag shortcut buttons where you want them to appear.

To add a spacer to a button bar
  • Control-click the button bar, then choose Add Spacer from the shortcut menu.

Figure. Browser window showing shortcut buttons and a spacer between buttons.
To move spacers in a button bar
  • Drag the spacer where you want it to appear in the button bar.

To remove a space in a button bar
  • Drag the spacer out of the window.

To move shortcut buttons to a different window
  • Drag the shortcut button from one window to another window.

To copy a shortcut button to a different window
  • Press and hold down the Option key, then drag the shortcut button from one window to another.

Changing Shortcut Button Colors

You can change the color of individual buttons in a button bar.

To change the color of a shortcut button
  • Control-click any shortcut button in the button bar, choose Color from the shortcut menu, then choose a color from the submenu.

    Available colors are Plain, Red, Yellow, Green, Cyan, Blue, and Purple. The default color is Plain (gray).

Removing Shortcut Buttons

You can remove one or all shortcut buttons from a button bar at any time.

To remove a shortcut button from a button bar
Do one of the following:
  • Control-click the shortcut button, choose Remove from the shortcut menu, then choose Button from the submenu.

  • Drag the shortcut button you want to delete out of the window.

To remove all shortcut buttons from a button bar
  • Control-click any shortcut button in the button bar, choose Remove from the shortcut menu, then choose All from the submenu.

Note: In the case of the Timeline, which contains default shortcut buttons, choose Remove > All / Restore Defaults from the submenu.

Saving and Using Custom Shortcut Button Bars

You can manually save the shortcut button bars that you set up in the Viewer, Canvas, Browser, and Timeline. This is useful if you are working with others on a project and want to use your shortcut button configuration. You can also load and use shortcut button bars that others have created.

Important: Button bars that you set up in Tool Bench windows are saved with custom window layouts you create.

To save a shortcut button bar
  1. Do one of the following:

    • Choose Tools > Button Bars > Save.

    • Control-click any shortcut button in the button bar, then choose Save All Button Bars from the shortcut menu.

  2. In the Save dialog, enter a new name for the button bar and choose where to save it.

    The default name is Custom Button Bars. The default location where these files are stored is: /Users/username/Library/Preferences/Final Cut Pro User Data/Button Bars/.

  3. If a file with the specified name already exists in that location, a message appears asking if you want to replace the file. If so, click Replace; otherwise, click Cancel and rename the file, then click Save.

To load a custom shortcut button bar
  1. Copy the button bar file to your computer.

    The default location where these files are stored is: /Users/username/Library/Preferences/Final Cut Pro User Data/Button Bars/.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Choose Tools > Button Bars > Load.

    • Control-click anywhere in the button bar of any window, then choose Load All Button Bars from the shortcut menu.

    Note: A list of button bars that have been saved in the Button Bars folder appears only in the Button Bar submenu, not in the shortcut menu.

  3. In the Choose a File dialog, navigate to the location where the shortcut button bar is stored, then click Choose.

    The default location where these files are stored is: /Users/username/Library/Preferences/Final Cut Pro User Data/Button Bars/.

The shortcut button bar appears at the top of the selected window.

Note: When you restore a button bar or use a saved shortcut button bar, all existing shortcut buttons in all windows are replaced by those you are loading.