Keyboard shortcuts and shortcut menus

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
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

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