10 Premiere Pro Keyboard Shortcuts for Faster Editing

by | November 14, 2022

Tired of sitting in front of your computer all day editing? Here are 10 Adobe Premiere Pro keyboard shortcuts that allow you to edit your videos quickly and more efficiently.

A shortcut is any action that helps to cut down the time it takes to perform a task. It can be a keyboard shortcut or command, or something that you select on the panel. You probably already know the most common ones like Copy and Paste, Audio Gain, Save Project, Clip Speed, and Duration.

But we’re not going to focus on the most used keyboard shortcuts for Adobe Premiere Pro. Let’s take a look at some cool “hidden” Premiere Pro keyboard shortcuts that I actually use daily to finish my videos 10 times faster.

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Table of Contents

1. Enable / Disable

Enable and Disable are really great Premiere Pro keyboard shortcuts when you’re trying to decide which video or audio clips in a specific part of your edit will end up in the final cut.

As their names suggest, if you enable a clip, it will appear in your video. If you disable it, it won’t appear in your video.

Select your clips and press Shift + Command + E for Mac or Shift + E for Windows to toggle between Enable and Disable.

Mouse hovering over audio clip in Adobe Premiere Pro timeline with enable and disable keyboard shortcuts
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2. Ripple Edit / Ripple Delete

Ripple Edit Tool

The keyboard shortcut for the Ripple Edit tool is useful when you’re fine cutting and polishing your edit. It ensures that you won’t have any blank spaces in your timeline when you’re making adjustments to clips.

Editing clips in Adobe Premiere Pro

Press B while trimming down your footage without leaving empty spaces. Everything on the left or the right of the clip you’re editing will snap next to it.

Ripple Delete Tool

Ripple Delete is also very useful because you can select the clip or your in and out points, then Ripple Delete that area to remove it and snap the rest of the edit together. Its shortcut is Option + Delete for Mac or Ctrl + Delete for Windows.

Timeline in Adobe Premiere Pro with keyboard shortcuts

3. Slip Tool

When you need to cut a clip and add another clip beside it but still want to ensure the length of the original clip stays the same, this is the keyboard shortcut you need.

Press Y and slide your mouse across your clip; you’ll see the beginning and end of your cut clip in the program window.

Slip tool shortcut in Adobe Premiere Pro
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4. Add Transition

If you’re looking for an easy way to add bulk transitions between clips just, use the Add Transition keyboard shortcut. Press Shift + D for either Mac or Windows and click the clips you want to add the transition to. This will apply default transitions at each cut point.

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You can select your default transition for video and audio by right-clicking on the transition in the Effects panel.

5. Synchronize

Want to synchronize your external audio with your main camera audio? Well, there can be a Premiere Pro keyboard shortcut for that!

Select both audio clips in the timeline by right-clicking on them, then select Synchronize.

Mouse hovering over Synchronize in menu after selecting and right-clicking on multiple audio clips in Premiere Pro

Click OK in the popup window and the AI will do its thing.

Assign Synchronize Shortcut to a Key

If you’re working on a narrative film or a documentary and you need to sync up multiple audio clips from multiple scenes, takes, and shots, you might as well assign the Synchronize shortcut to a key on your keyboard.

Go to the Premiere Pro icon in the top left-hand corner, then select Keyboard Shortcuts.

Keyboard shortcuts option in Adobe Premiere Pro

You can also do this by pressing Option + Command + K for Mac or Ctrl + Alt + K for Windows.

In this popup window, you can see which actions have been assigned to which key. Simply press the Shift, Command, Option, Ctrl, or Alt keys to see what other actions are linked (i.e. which keyboard shortcuts are currently available).

In the search box, type “synchronize”. You will see that it doesn’t have a shortcut yet. Press Option and then drag it to the letter S. Or you can choose whichever key you’d like.

Premiere Pro Shortcuts keyboard shortcut window 2
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6. Group / Ungroup

Use this Premiere Pro keyboard shortcut after syncing your video with your external audio. You should link your clips or group them together so if you move them around, they don’t get unsynced.

Group

To group them together, select your clips and press Command + G for Mac or Ctrl + G for Windows.

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Ungroup

To ungroup your clips, press Shift + CMD + G for Mac or Shift + Ctrl + G for Windows.

Link Clips

To link them together, press Command + L for Mac or Ctrl + L for Windows.

7. Close Gap

This Premiere Pro shortcut allows you to quickly and easily put your clips that are spread across your timeline next to each other.

Select all of the clips around your timeline either with the mouse, with in and out points or by pressing Command + A (Mac) or Ctrl + A (Windows). This is the shortcut for Select All.

This Premiere Pro shortcut allows you to quickly and easily put your clips that are spread across your timeline next to each other.

Select all of the clips around your timeline either with the mouse, with in and out points or by pressing Command + A (Mac) or Ctrl + A (Windows). This is the shortcut for Select All.

Select All clips in timeline in Adobe Premiere Pro

Then go to Sequence > Close Gap.

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8. Paste and Remove Attributes

Paste Attributes

Want to copy and paste the effects from one clip to another?

Select a clip and press Command + C (Mac) or Ctrl + C (Windows).

Selecting and copying a clip in Adobe Premiere Pro timeline

Then select the clips you want to add the effects to and press Option + Command + V (Mac) or Ctrl + Alt + V (Windows).

In the popup window that appears, you can select which video or audio effect you want to paste to the other clips.

Premiere Pro Shortcuts paste attributes 3

Remove Attributes

You can also remove effects in the same way. Select the clips you want to modify. Right-click and go to Remove Attributes.

Remove attributes in Adobe Premiere Pro

And remember, you can always assign this shortcut to a key on your keyboard.

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9. Audio Remix

Sometimes the music you choose doesn’t quite fit the length of your cut. We’ve all been there. Here’s a cool shortcut to solve that problem.

Go to Window > Workspaces > Audio.

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Select your audio clip in the timeline.

Then in the panel on the right, select Music. Check Duration and in Method, click on Remix.

Remix audio in Adobe Premiere Pro

10. Shift / Option / Alt

Shift Key

If you keep the shift key pressed and use the up and down arrow keys, the playhead will jump to the beginning of the next clip.

Adobe Premiere Pro timeline and playhead

You can also use the mouse while pressing Shift to scroll through the timeline and you will see and feel when you are at each cut.

Option / Alt Keys

If you want to edit an individual clip that’s linked or grouped, press Option in Mac or Alt in Windows while selecting that individual video or audio clip.

Now It’s Your Turn to Use Adobe Premiere Pro Keyboard Shortcuts

And there you have it–these are some of the most essential Adobe Premiere shortcuts that will allow you to speed up your video editing workflow by 10x. It’s just a matter of memorizing and getting used to them and boom, boom, boom, you’ll be done in no time.

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