FL STUDIO BASICS

Keyboard & Mouse Shortcuts

This page lists some of the keyboard shortcuts to useful commands in FL Studio. Please examine the menus/context menus for more shortcuts.


File Operations
Ctrl+O Open file
Ctrl+S Save file
Ctrl+N Save new version
Ctrl+Shift+S Save As...
Ctrl+R Export wave file
Ctrl+Shift+R Export mp3 file
Ctrl+Shift+M Export MIDI file
Alt+0,1..9 Open recent files 0..9
Ctrl+Shift+H (Re)arrange windows

Pattern Selector (Numpad)
1..9 Select patterns 1..9
+ Next pattern
- Previous pattern
Right arrow Next pattern
Left Arrow Previous pattern
F4 Next empty pattern

Channel Window & Step Sequencer
1...9, 0 Mute/Unmute first 10 channels
Ctrl+1..9,0 Solo/UnSolo first 10 channels
Up Arrow Select previous channel
Down Arrow Next channel
Alt+G Group selected channels
Alt+Z Zip selected channel/s
Alt+U Unzip selected channel/s
Shift+Up Arrow Move selected channel/s Up
Shift+Down Arrow Move selected channel/s Down
Page Up Next channel Group
Page Down Previous channel Group
Ctrl+C Copy channel Steps/Score
Ctrl+V Paste channel Steps/Score
Ctrl+X Cut channel Steps/Score
Alt+Del Delete selected channel/s
Ctrl+Shift+C Clone channel/s
Shift+Left arrow Shift Steps Left
Shift+Right Arrow Shift Steps Right
Alt+R Randomize
Alt+P Send to Piano roll
K Show Keyboard Editor
G Show Graph Editor

Record / Playback / Transport
Backspace Toggle Line/None Snap
Space Start/Stop Playback
Ctrl+Space Start/Pause Playback
L Switch Pattern/Song mode
R Switch On/Off recording (This also works during playback)
0 (NumPad) Fast forward
/ (NumPad) Previous bar (Song mode)
* (NumPad) Next bar (Song mode)
Ctrl+E Toggle Step Edit mode
Ctrl+H Stop sound (panic)
Ctrl+T Toggle typing keypad to piano keypad
Ctrl+B Toggle blend notes
Ctrl+M Toggle metronome
Ctrl+P Toggle recording metronome precount
Ctrl+I Toggle wait for input to start recording

Window Navigation
Tab Cycle nested windows
Ctrl+F8 Open Plugin Picker
Enter Toggle Max/Min Playlist
Esc Closes a window
F1 This Help
F5 Toggle Playlist
F6 Toggle Step Sequencer
F7 Toggle Piano roll
F8 Show/hide Sample Browser
F9 Show/hide Mixer
F10 Show/hide MIDI settings
F11 Show/hide song info window
F12 Close all windows
Ctrl+Shift+H Arrange windows

Mixer
Alt+Left-Arrow / Right-Arrow Move selected mixer track Left/Right
Alt+L Select the channels Linked to the selected mixer track
Ctrl+L Link selected channels to selected mixer track
Shift+Ctrl+L Link selected channels STARTING From selected mixer track
F2 Rename selected mixer track
S Solo Current track
Alt+S Alt Solo - Activate Current track and all tracks Routed TO/FROM It
Alt+R Render Armed tracks to .wav

Playlist action
B Paint tool
C Slice tool
D Delete tool
E Select tool
P Pencil tool
S Slip edit tool
T Mute tool
Y Playback tool
Z Zoom tool
Alt Bypass snap (very useful when combined with other modifiers)
Alt+G Ungroup selection
Alt+P Open the Piano roll or channel depending on what's selected in the Playlist
Alt+T Add Time marker
Alt+/* and Ctrl+Alt+/* Jump to Next/Previous song marker (if present)
Alt+ Right-click Audition the clip selected.
Alt+ Right-Shift Engage snap free 'Slice Mode', release Alt after clicking on the Clip to use snapping.
Ctrl+A Select All
Ctrl+B Duplicate selection (or all Clips in zoom range if nothing is selected) to the right.
Ctrl+C Copy selection
Ctrl+D Deselect selection
Ctrl+P Toggle Performance Mode
Ctrl+T Add Time Marker
Ctrl+V Paste selection
Ctrl+X Cut selection
Ctrl+Alt+G Grid Color
Ctrl+Alt+Home Toggle Resizing from Left
Ctrl+Ins Add space at the start of the timeline selection of equal length to the selection
Ctrl+Del Delete space according to the timeline selection
Ctrl+Enter Select time around selection
Ctrl+Left-Arrow/Right-Arrow Select time before/after selection equal to the selection length
Ctrl+Left-click Select
Ctrl+Shift+Left-click Add to selection
Ctrl+Shift+Right-click Zoom to selected Clip
Ctrl+Right-click Zoom on selection / Drag to make zoom selection (zoom on release)
Del Delete selected clip/pattern source data
Double Left-click on clip/pattern Open clip/pattern properties (e.g. Channel settings, Piano roll)
Home Move the playback marker to the start of the Playlist.
Insert Key Slice Clip at mouse cursor position
Left-Shift+Left-click (on Playlist) Add and resize clip/pattern (move mouse L/R after click and hold to resize). Must be in pencil mode.
Left-Shift+Right-click Pan view
Middle mouse button Pan view (hold & drag left/right)
PgUp / PgDown Zoom in / Zoom out
Pencil tool + Shift Swap to Brush
Right-click Delete selected clip/pattern
Right-Shift+Left-click Slice clip/pattern (click above/below clip/pattern & drag vertical)
Right-Alt+Right-Shift+Left-click Vertical Slice clip. Release alt to engage snap.
Right-Shift+Right-click Slice clip/pattern & delete smallest part (click above/below clip/pattern & drag vertical)
Right-Alt+Right-click Quantize selected
Right-Alt+Left-click Mute selected
Shift Temporarily swaps between Paint & Draw modes
Shift+C Select all Clips according to the currently selected Clip source
Shift+G Group selected Clips
Shift+I Invert selection
Shift+Q Quick quantize Clip start times
Shift+Left-Arrow/Right-Arrow Move selection Left/Right
Shift+Up-Arrow/Down-Arrow Move selection Up/Down
Shift+Left-click (on clip/pattern) Clone (drag while holding clip/pattern)
Shift+mouse-wheel (on Clips) Nudge Clip position
Shift+mouse-wheel (on Track label area) Re-order Clip Tracks
Shift + 0 (zero) Center Playlist to play-head position (numbers above typing keys)
Shift + 1 to 3 Horizontal Zoom levels 1 (zoom out) to 3 (zoom in), (numbers above typing keys)
Shift + 4 Horizontal Zoom, show all (numbers above typing keys)
Shift + 5 Zoom to selection (numbers above typing keys)
Shift + 6 Fit Performance Zone to Playlist (numbers above typing keys)

Piano roll action
NOTE: Some keyboard modifiers apply only to Draw mode ().
B Paint tool
C Slice tool
D Delete tool
E Select tool
F Show next property in the Piano roll event lane (lower section)
M Toggle Keyboard view mode
O Toggle Portamento
P Pencil tool
T Mute tool
Y Playback tool
Z Zoom tool
Alt Bypass snap (very useful when combined with other modifiers)
Alt+A Arpeggiator
Alt+B View note helpers
Alt+C Change color of selected note/s (to selected color group)
Alt+E Riff machine
Alt+F Flam
Alt+G Ungroup selected notes
Alt+K Open Limit tool
Alt+L Open Articulate tool
Alt+N Switch waveform helper view (when available).
Alt+O Open LFO tool when in lower Event Editor area
Alt+Q Quantize
Alt+R Open Randomize tool
Alt+S Open Strum tool
Alt+U Open Chop tool
Alt+V Toggle Ghost channels ON/OFF
Alt+W Open Claw Machine tool
Alt+X Open Scale Levels tool
Alt+Y Open Score Flipper tool
Alt+Mouse wheel Change the selected note property of the note the mouse pointer is near or on.
Alt+Arrow keys Nudge the position of the selected note/s OR all notes if no selection is made.
Ctrl+A Select All
Ctrl+B Duplicate selection, or all notes in zoom range if nothing is selected, to the right. Works also with time-line selections.
Ctrl+C Copy selection
Ctrl+D Deselect selection
Ctrl+G Glue selected and touching notes
Ctrl+I Insert current controller value
Ctrl+L Quick legato
Ctrl+M Import MIDI file
Ctrl+Q Quick Quantize
Ctrl+U Quick Chop
Ctrl+V Paste selection
Ctrl+X Cut selection
Ctrl+Alt+G Grid Color
Ctrl+Alt+Home Toggle allow resizing from left
Ctrl+Delete Delete space equal to selection
Ctrl+Enter Select time around selection
Ctrl+Insert Insert space equal to the current time-line selection
Ctrl+Up-Arrow/Down-Arrow Transpose selection UP/Down 1 Octave
Ctrl+Left-Arrow/Right-Arrow Select time before (left) or after (right) current selection
Ctrl+Left-click Select
Ctrl+Shift+Left-click Add to selection
Ctrl+Right-click Zoom on selection/Drag to make zoom selection (zoom on release)
Del Delete selected
Double Left-click on note Open note properties
Double Right-click or X1 button on Ghost note Swap to Ghost channel to edit the note.
Left-Shift+Left-click (on Piano roll) Add and resize notes (move mouse L/R after click and hold to resize)
Left-Shift+Right-click Pan view
Left-Alt+Right-click Audio preview
Middle mouse button Pan view (hold and drag left/right)
PgUp / PgDown Zoom in / Zoom out
Pencil tool + Shift Swap to Brush
Right-click Delete Selected Note/s
Right-Alt+Right-click Quantize selected
Right-Shift+Left-click Slice notes (click above/below note and drag vertical)
Right-Shift+Right-click Slice notes & delete smallest part (click above/below note and drag vertical)
Shift+G Group selected notes
Shift+Ctrl+V Paste from MIDI clipboard
Shift Temporarily swaps between Paint & Draw modes
Shift+C Select by color
Shift+D Discard selected note lengths
Shift+G Group selected
Shift+I Invert selection
Shift+N Turn off selected chord
Shift+Q Quick quantize
Shift+R Select at random (multiple presses will select more notes)
Shift+Ctrl+V Paste from MIDI Keyboard
Shift+Left-Arrow/Right-Arrow Move selection Left/Right
Shift+Up-Arrow/Down-Arrow Move selection Up/Down
Shift+Left-click Clone (drag while holding clip/pattern), release Shift after dragging to unlock vertical movement
Shift+mouse-wheel (on Clips) Nudge Clip position
Shift+mouse-wheel (on Track label area) Re-order Clip Tracks
Shift + 0 (zero) Center Playlist to play-head position (numbers above typing keys)
Shift + 1 to 3 Horizontal Zoom levels 1 (zoom out) to 3 (zoom in), (numbers above typing keys)
Shift + 4 Horizontal Zoom, show all (numbers above typing keys)
Shift + 5 Zoom to selection (numbers above typing keys)