GarageBand for Mac: Main window keyboard shortcuts

Main window keyboard shortcuts

These keyboard shortcuts are available in the Tracks area, Library, and Browser.

Action

Shortcut

Start recording

R

Start playback

Enter (on numeric keypad)

Stop playback

Zero (on numeric keypad)

Start or Stop playback

Space bar

Move the playhead back one bar

Comma (,)

Move the playhead forward one bar

Period (.)

Start playback from selection

Shift-Space bar

Move the cycle range forward by one cycle length

Shift-Command-Period (.)

Move the cycle range backward by one cycle length

Shift-Command-Comma (,)

Go to the beginning of selection

Function-Left Arrow (also Control-Home on extended keyboard)

Go to the end of the last region

Option-Return

Go to beginning

Return

Turn the cycle area on/off

C

Turn solo on/off for all soloed tracks

Control-Option-Command-S

Turn the metronome on/off

K

Turn count-in on/off

Shift-K

Open Preferences window

Command-Comma (,)

Show/Hide the Musical Typing window

Command-K

Show/Hide the Smart Controls window

B

Show/Hide the Score Editor

N

Show/Hide the Piano Roll Editor

P

Show/Hide the Loop Browser

O

Show/Hide the Library

Y

Show/Hide Quick Help

Shift-Backslash (/)

Show detailed Help (if available in Quick Help description)

Command-Backslash (/)

Enter/Exit Full Screen mode

Control-Command-F

Open Movie window

Option-Command-O

Close the current window or project

Command-W

Select the next higher track

Up Arrow

Select the next lower track

Down Arrow

Hide GarageBand

Command-H

Hide other applications

Option-Command-H

Quit GarageBand

Command-Q

Create a new project

Command-N

Open an existing project

Command-O

Save the current project

Command-S

Save the current project as…

Shift-Command-S

Change focus to next area in GarageBand window

Tab

Change focus to previous area in GarageBand window

Shift-Tab

Minimize the GarageBand window

Command-M

Minimize all other application windows

Option-Command-M

Next Patch, Effect, or Instrument setting

]

Previous Patch, Effect, or Instrument setting

[

Mute/Unmute the selected track

M

Solo/Unsolo the selected track

S

Turn monitoring for the selected track on/off

Control-I

Undo

Command-Z

Redo

Shift-Command-Z

Cut

Command-X

Copy

Command-C

Paste

Command-V

Delete

Delete

Select all

Command-A

Horizontal zoom out

Command–Left Arrow

Horizontal zoom in

Command–Right Arrow

Page Up

Function-Up Arrow (also Page Up on extended keyboard)

Page Down

Function-Down Arrow (also Page Down on extended keyboard)

Page Left

Function-Left Arrow (also Home on extended keyboard)

Page Right

Function-Right Arrow (also End on extended keyboard)

Show/Hide Automation lanes

A

Create a new track

Option-Command-N

Create a new audio track

Option-Command-A

Create a new software instrument track

Option-Command-S

Create a new Drummer track

Option-Command-U

Delete the selected track

Command-Delete

Select the previous region on the selected track or event in the Editor

Left Arrow

Select the next region on the selected track or event in the Editor

Right Arrow

Loop the selected region continuously

L

Quantize selected events

Q

Undo Quantization

Option-Command-Q

Paste and replace the current selection

Shift-Command-V

Join regions or notes

Command-J

Split the selected region or event at the playhead position

Command-T

Turn Snap to Grid on or off

Command-G

Delete all automation on the selected track

Control-Shift-Command-Delete

Turn Record Enable for the selected track on or off

Control-R

Cut the selected Arrangement Marker into sections

Option-Command-Delete

Rename the selected track

Shift-Return

Add selected region to the Apple Loops Library

Control-Shift-O

Rename the selected regions

Shift-N

Configure the Track Header

Option-T

Show/Hide the Editor pane

E

Show/Hide the note pad

Option-Command-P

Show/Hide the Browsers pane

F

Show/Hide the master track

Shift-Command-M

Show/Hide the alignment guides

Option-Command-G

Published Date: Aug 8, 2019
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