How to Change Your Keyboard Shortcuts in Audacity

Most programs allow you to use a single key or combo to execute specific commands.

Think of all the programs where CTRL-C is “copy” and CMD-V is “paste”.

Keyboard shortcuts like these can save you tons of time when editing audio as well.

In this video, I show you how to customize keyboard shortcuts to what YOU want them to be in Audacity.

For a list of Audacity shortcuts I use, download a copy from https://SteveStewart.me/audacityshortcuts

STEP 1: Open the Preference window in Audacity

APPLE computers: Audacity > Preferences

WINDOWS machines: Edit > Preferences

assign keyboard shortcuts in audacity step 1

STEP 2: Open the Preference window in Audacity, Select “Keyboard”

assign keyboard shortcuts in audacity step 2

STEP 3: Search for the function/effect you want to assign a shortcut

  • TREE: By the menu tree (like the menu at the top of the screen)
  • NAME: By the name of the function/effect
  • KEY: By keyboard key or the combination of keys already assigned to functions/effects
assign keyboard shortcuts in audacity step 3

STEP 4: Assign the function/effect to the key you want

  • Select the function/effect in the list
  • Enter the key you want to assign to the function/effect
  • Click “Set”, then OK
assign keyboard shortcuts in audacity step 4
You can use the Command/Control, Shift, Function, Number keys – or a combination of them

You're done!

Download a list of the Audacity shortcuts I use at https://SteveStewart.me/audacityshortcuts

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