the complete animated, annotated guide to ableton live shortcuts - osx

13. zooming, display, & selections

the showing & hiding views keyboard shortcuts are useful 

zoom in: +

zoom in key ableton live shortcut

this is an obvious one & one you probably use quite often. even if you stick to arrangement mode, you might find it useful to switch to session mode now & again to monitor your track with an expanded mixer section.

zoom out: -

zoom out key ableton shortcut

this is probably one of the most used shortcuts in live. when in full edit mode, you'll probably find your left hand resting on the shift & tab keys, rapidly switching between adjusting devices & adjusting clips.

drag/click to append to a selection: shift

drag click to append ableton live shortcut how to

I like this one to reclaim some screen for looking over my track & making broad compositional changes.

add adjacent clips/tracks/scenes to multi-selection: shift + click

add adjacent clips tracks scenes selection ableton live shortcut

hot swap makes it really easy to change out devices quickly. it's great how activating this will default the browser to the selected device's presets so you can trial different settings seamlessly.

add nonadjacent clips/tracks/scenes to multi-selection: cmd + click

click add nonadjacent  ableton live keyboard shortcut

got a ? about an ableton feature? shift + ? opens up the info view which will give you a brief rundown on whatever you hover over. really handy if you're not sure about one thing or another. 

follow (auto-scroll): cmd + shift + f

follow auto scroll OS X mac keyboard shortcut ableton live

as much as I love the browser, it does take up a lot of screen space. if you're not using it presently, it might be nice to free up some more space to view your arrangement. 

pan left/right of selection: cmd + alt


almost everyone I've seen use ableton for the first time get's confused by the overview. they learn to navigate/zoom their project by dragging on the time ruler & then get put off by the inconsistency. what happens is they click the overview expecting it to be the same as the time ruler & this leads to confusion. another problem you might run into with the overview is if your project is massive - it'll start to overstay its welcome & take up far too much  screen space. whatever the reason, it's nice to know the overview can be hidden.





1. showing & hiding views
2. accessing menus
3. adjusting values
4. browsing
5. transport
6. editing
7. loop brace & start/end markers
8. session view commands
9. arrangement view commands
10. commands for tracks
11. commands for breakpoint envelopes
12. key/midi map mode & the computer midi keyboard
13. zooming, display, & selections
14. clip view sample display
15. clip view midi editor
16. grid snapping & drawing
17. global quantization
18. working with sets & the program
19. working with plug-ins & devices
20. using the context menu