Create custom keyboard shortcuts for Logic Pro X

Accelerate your workflow by creating your own keyboard shortcuts for different Logic Pro commands. And if your Mac has a Touch Bar, you can customize that too.

Search for keyboard shortcuts

Logic Pro comes with many pre-assigned keyboard shortcuts. Before you create your own, check to see if a shortcut already exists. Choose Logic Pro > Key Commands > Edit to open the Key Commands window, click All at the top of the window, then enter a search term in the search field. You can also click Unused to see all the commands that don’t already have a keyboard shortcut.

In Logic Pro 10.4.5, you can check if a key combination already has a command assigned to it. Click All at the top of the window, click Pressed, then press and hold the combination of keys you want to use as a keyboard shortcut. Any commands assigned to that key combination appear in the list. You can also use Pressed as a way to learn the preset keyboard shortcuts.


Create a new keyboard shortcut

Once you have located the command you want to assign and you know the key combination you want to use, create the new keyboard shortcut:

  1. Choose Logic Pro > Key Commands > Edit.
  2. Select the command in the list, then click Learn by Key Label.
  3. Press the key combination you want to use. 

Assign a command to Touch Bar

  1. Depending on what appears in the Touch Bar, tap the Smart Controls button , the Overview button , or the Close button  to switch to the Configuration screen of the Touch Bar. If you're already on the Configuration screen, go to the next step.
  2. On the Configuration screen, tap the Keyboard Shortcuts button .
  3. Choose Logic Pro > Key Commands > Edit to open the Key Commands window.
  4. Select the command from the list, then click Learn by Touch Bar.
  5. Tap the button on the Touch Bar along with any modifier keys that you want to use.
  6. Enter a name for the shortcut, which then appears on the Touch Bar button for the shortcut.

If a keyboard shortcut is already in use

If a command is already assigned to the keyboard shortcut or Touch Bar button that you want to use, an alert appears. Click Cancel if you don’t want to change the assignment. Click Replace to replace the existing assignment with your assignment. 

For keyboard shortcuts only, you can click Accept to assign your key combination anyway. Two commands are assigned to that keyboard shortcut. You can still use your keyboard shortcut, but it might only be available in certain windows. The alert tells you the priority level of your keyboard shortcut assignment and where it will be available.


Save custom keyboard shortcuts

To save your custom keyboard shortcuts and Touch Bar assignments, you save the entire set of keyboard shortcuts as a key command set. Click the Actions button  in the Key Commands window, then choose Save As. Enter a name for your key command set, choose a location, then click Save.

You can then import the key command set that has your custom keyboard shortcuts. This can be useful if you’re using Logic Pro on a different Mac and you want to use your own keyboard shortcuts. Or you prefer different keyboard shortcuts for different types of projects.

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