Using Keyboard Shortcuts and Shortcut Menus

Soundtrack Pro offers several methods for performing commands. You can choose commands from the menu bar at the top of the screen or from contextual shortcut menus, or you can use keyboard shortcuts to perform many commands. Most people work fastest using keyboard shortcuts; others prefer to use shortcut menus or the mouse to access commands in the menu bar. Experiment to find out which method best suits your editing style.

Using Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts let you perform commands in Soundtrack Pro by using the keyboard instead of by pointing and clicking. These shortcuts can help you work more efficiently. For example, to create a new audio file project, you’d press Command-Shift-N; to zoom in, you’d press Command–Equal Sign (=).

Note: The default keyboard shortcuts for tasks are presented throughout this volume as well as in menu commands and tooltips (tooltips appear when you move the pointer over a control in Soundtrack Pro and show the name of the control, as well as the current shortcut key or keys assigned to that control).

Using Shortcut Menus

Shortcut menus (also called contextual menus) are available in nearly every window or pane and offer a quick way to perform various tasks. The commands available in a shortcut menu depend on the location of the pointer. For example, a shortcut menu in the File Editor shows options different from those available in a shortcut menu in the Timeline.

To view and use a shortcut menu
  1. Do one of the following:

    • Press the Control key, then click an item (this is called Control-clicking).

    • Control-click an area in a window or pane in Soundtrack Pro.

    • If you have a three-button mouse connected to your computer, you can right-click.

  2. In the shortcut menu that appears, choose the command you want, then release the mouse button.

    Figure. Shortcut menu.