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iMovie '11: Keyboard shortcuts and shortcut menus

Keyboard shortcuts and shortcut menus

You can use your keyboard to quickly accomplish many tasks in iMovie. To learn the shortcuts for common commands, refer to the list below. You can also access this list within iMovie by choosing Help > Keyboard Shortcuts.

To complete an action, press the shortcut keys indicated in the list. The Command key must be pressed in combination with other keys for some of the shortcuts listed below. The Command key appears immediately to the left and right of the Space bar on most keyboards. It may feature an Apple icon or a propeller icon.

Another way to access relevant commands is to use shortcut menus. These are context-sensitive menus that list most of the commands you can use while working with items in the iMovie window. To access a shortcut menu for an item in the iMovie window, hold down the Control key while you click the item.

Action
Shortcut
Get information

Open iMovie Help

Command-Shift-Question Mark (?)

Open the Project Properties window

Command-J

Open the Project Theme window

Command-Shift-J

Show playhead info

Shows date, time, and keywords for video frames above the playhead.

Command-Y

Import and export

Import from camera

Command-I

Export movie

Command-E

Play video

Play video beginning from the frame beneath the pointer

Space bar

Play 1 second of video total—0.5 seconds before the pointer and 0.5 seconds after

Plays only 0.5 seconds of video from the beginning of the selection or to the end of the selection if the pointer is resting within the selection border.

Left Bracket ([)

Play three seconds of video total—1.5 seconds before the pointer and 1.5 seconds after

Plays only 1.5 seconds of video from the beginning of the selection or to the end of the selection if the pointer is resting within the selection border.

Right Bracket (])

Play selection

Slash (/)

Play selected event or project from the beginning

Backslash (\)

In the Event browser, speed up playback from 1x to 2x to 4x by pressing the key one time or two times, respectively

Right Arrow key

In the Event browser, slow down playback from 4x to 2x to 1x by pressing the key one time or two times, respectively

This action works only if you’ve already sped up the playback.

Left Arrow key

When playing Event video, jump forward 3 seconds (6 seconds when playing at 2x speed or 12 seconds when playing at 4x speed)

Shift-Down Arrow key

When playing Event video, jump back 3 seconds (6 seconds when playing at 2x speed or 12 seconds when playing at 4x speed)

Shift-Up Arrow key

When playing Event video, jump forward to the next clip

Down Arrow key

When playing Event video, jump to the beginning of the current clip, or jump to the previous clip if the playhead is near the beginning of the current clip

Up Arrow key

Play the selected Event or project full screen

Command-G

Exit full-screen mode

Escape (Esc) key

Move the playhead by one frame

Left Arrow key or Right Arrow key

Freeze the playhead

Hold down Control key

When skimming, keep the cursor in the middle of the row

Option-Shift

Manage projects and events

Create new project

Command-N

Move to Trash

Moves the selected project (in the Project Library), Event (in the Event Library), or Event clip (in the Event browser) to the Trash. If only part of an Event clip is selected, the entire clip is moved to the Trash.

Command-Delete key

Open iMovie preferences

Command-Comma (,)

Page setup

Command-Shift-P

Print selected Event or project filmstrips

Command-P

Select and edit video

Select an entire project or Event clip when a partial clip is selected, or select all project or Event clips when an entire clip is selected

Command-A

Select to playhead

Expands or contracts the selection from the nearest selection border to the playhead.

Shift-A

Deselect all clips

Command-Shift-A

Add selected frames to project

E

Split a clip on both ends of a selection (longer than five frames), or at the playhead position if nothing is selected

Command-Shift-S

Cut selected frames

Command-X

Copy selected frames

Command-C

Paste selected frames

Command-V

Paste all adjustments

Command-Shift-V

Paste video adjustments

Command-Option-I

Paste audio adjustments

Command-Option-A

Paste crop adjustments

Command-Option-R

Paste cutaway, green-screen, or picture-in-picture adjustments

Pastes adjustments, depending on which type of video is selected.

Command-Option-U

Paste video effect

Command-Option-L

Paste audio effect

Command-Option-O

Paste stabilization adjustments

Command-Option-Z

Paste rolling shutter

Command-Option-T

Paste speed adjustments

Command-Option-S

Paste map style

Command-Option-M

Start or end marking section of video as “favorite”

F

Unmark selected frames

U

Reject selected frames (mark for deletion)

R

Reject selected frames (mark for deletion) in Events, or delete selected frames from project

Delete key

View favorite and unmarked video in Event browser

Command-L

Show fine-tuning controls

Command-Option

Move selection to the left by one frame

Left Arrow key

Move selection to the right by one frame

Right Arrow key

Nudge project clip startpoint or endpoint to the right by one frame

Option-Right Arrow key with pointer placed within selection border near clip startpoint or endpoint

Nudge project clip startpoint or endpoint to the left by one frame

Option-Left Arrow key with pointer placed within selection border near clip startpoint or endpoint

Trim to selection in selected project clip

Command-B

Open Clip Trimmer when clip is selected

Command-R

Open Precision Editor

Command-Slash (/)

Open Keywords window

K

Remove all keywords from selection

0 (zero)

Open crop, rotate, Ken Burns effect editor

C

Open Clip Adjustments pane of inspector

I

Open Video Adjustments pane of inspector

V

Work with audio

Open “Music and Sound Effects” pane

Command-1

Open Audio Adjustments panel of inspector

A

Open Voiceover window

O

Turn on or silence audio while skimming video

Command-K

In Clip Trimmer, set beat marker during audio playback

M

Turn on or turn off “Snap to Beats”

Command-U

Undo last action

Command-Z

Redo last action

Command-Shift-Z

Edit text

Show Fonts panel

Command-T

Make selected text bold

Command-Shift-B

Make selected text italic

Command-Shift-I

Underline selected text

Command-Shift-U

Add outline to selected text

Command-Shift-O

Make selected text bigger

Command-Shift-Plus sign (+) or Command-Equal sign (=)

Make selected text smaller

Command-Minus sign (-)

Align text left

Command-Shift-Left Brace ({)

Align text center

Command-Shift-Vertical Slash (|)

Align text right

Command-Shift-Right Brace (})

Copy selected text

Command-C

Cut selected text

Command-X

Paste copied text

Command-V

Copy text style

Command-Option-C

Paste text style

Command-Option-V

Tighten kerning

Command-Option-Left Arrow key

Loosen kerning

Command-Option-Right Arrow key

iMovie window

Minimize window

Command-M

Open “Music and Sound Effects” pane

Command-1

Open Photos pane

Command-2

Open Titles pane

Command-3

Open Transitions pane

Command-4

Open “Map, Background and Animatic” browser

Command-5

Show projects at full-screen

Command-6

Show Events at full screen

Command-7

Make viewer small

Command-8

Make viewer medium

Command-9

Make viewer large

Command-0

Last Modified: Jul 23, 2012
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