Keyboard Shortcuts

File

Action Name

Shortcuts

Description

New

Ctrl + N

Creates a new Kdenlive project

Open…

Ctrl + O

Opens a Kdenlive project

Quit

Ctrl + Q

Exits Kdenlive

Save

Ctrl + S

Saves the current state of the project

Save As…

Ctrl + Shift + S

Saves the current state of the project with the name of your choice

General

Action Name

Shortcuts

Description

Collapse/Expand Item

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Copy

Ctrl + C

Alternate: Ctrl + Ins

Current selection

Delete Selected Item

Del

Find Action…

Ctrl + Alt + I

Opens the action window. Only possible with this shortcut.

Full Screen Mode

Ctrl + Shift + F

Kdenlive Handbook

F1

Switch Monitor Fullscreen

F11

Monitor

Paste

Ctrl + V

Alternate: Shift + Ins

Redo

Ctrl + Shift + Z

Rename…

F2

Show Menubar

Ctrl + M

Show Menubar

Shows the menubar again after it has been hidden

Select All

Ctrl + A

Works in:

  • Timeline

  • Project Bin

  • Titler

Undo

Ctrl + Z

Up

Alt + Up

What’s This?

Shift + F1

Zoom In

Ctrl + +

Alternate: Ctrl + =

Works in Timeline only

CTRL + Mouse wheel

Works in:

  • Timeline

  • Clip Monitor

  • Project Monitor

  • Project Bin

  • effects keyframe pane

Zoom Out

Ctrl + -

Works in Timeline only

CTRL + Mouse wheel

Works in:

  • Timeline

  • Clip Monitor

  • Project Monitor

  • Project Bin

  • effects keyframe pane

Increment, Decrement

Mouse wheel

Works in:

  • Timeline, scroll the timeline left/right

  • Timeline Ruler, project monitor

  • Clip Monitor

  • Project Bin

  • effects keyframe pane, numbers and selections

Add to the selection

Shift + left click

Timeline: adds clicked clips to the selection

shift + dragging

Timeline: adds multiple clips to the selection

Titler: adds clicked clips to the selection

Project Bin: adds all clips between already selected clip and clicked clip

Add to the selection

Ctrl + left click

Project Bin: adds clicked clips to the selection

Effect: select keyframes

Double click

double click

Edit bookmark

Project Bin: double click on a clip shows properties

Project Bin: double click on an empty place opens add clip or folder

Timeline: double click a clip shows duration

Project Bin

Action Name

Shortcuts

Description

Closing the extra bins

CTRL + w

Editing

Action Name

Shortcuts

Description

Focus Timecode

=

Insert Zone in Project Bin

Ctrl + I

Clip monitor

Set Zone In

I

Set Zone Out

O

Switch Monitor

T

Switch between clip monitor and project monitor (timeline)

Select Target 1

Ctrl + 1

3-point-editing

Select Target 2

Ctrl + 2

3-point-editing

Select Target 3

Ctrl + 3

3-point-editing

Select Target 4

Ctrl + 4

3-point-editing

Select Target 5

Ctrl + 5

3-point-editing

Select Target 6

Ctrl + 6

3-point-editing

Select Target 7

Ctrl + 7

3-point-editing

Select Target 8

Ctrl + 8

3-point-editing

Select Target 9

Ctrl + 9

3-point-editing

Switch All Tracks Active

Alt + Shift + A

3-point-editing

Toggle All Track Lock

Ctrl + Shift + L

Tracks

Toggle All Tracks Active

Shift + A

3-point-editing

Toggle Track Active

A

3-point-editing Activate the track as a target with shortcut A (this connects the track to the source)

Slip multiple clips at once

Shift + move

select all clips you want to slip with the selection tool using Shift then enable the slip tool and go ahead…

Slip a clip

left/right

Slip can be done with the mouse, with the left/right keys and with the buttons on the monitor toolbar.

Timeline

Action Name

Shortcuts

Description

Add Clip to Selection

Alt + +

Adds the clip of the active track to the selection at playhead position.

Add Marker/Guide quickly

Num + *

On Numlock pad: * adds a marker/guide

Add Subtitle

Shift + S

Adds a subtitle at playhead position.

Add Transition to Selection

Alt + Shift + +

Add/Remove Guide

G

Adds a guide at playhead position.

Group Clips

Ctrl + G

Current selection

Ungroup Clips

Ctrl + Shift + G

Current selection

Cut All Clips

Ctrl + Shift + R

Cuts all clips at playhead position. Except tracks which are locked.

Cut Clip

Shift + R

Cuts the clip of the active track at playhead position.

Deselect Clip

-

Deselect Transition

Shift + -

Extract Timeline Zone

Shift + X

Grab Current Item

Shift + G

Select a clip -> Shift + G -> move the clip with left/right

Insert Clip Zone in Timeline

V

Lift Timeline Zone

Z

Mix Clips

U

Or double click. Play head must be on the end/begin of 2 clips. Creates a transition between 2 clips on the same track.

Multitrack View

F12

Tool -> Multicam tool must be disabled

Overwrite Clip Zone in Timeline

B

Resize Item End

)

On active track: Cut and deletes the end of the clip at playhead position.

Resize Item Start

(

On active track: Cut and delete the start of the clip at playhead position.

Select Clip

+

Select Transition

Shift + +

Start Preview Render

Shift + Return

Razor Tool

X

Tools

Selection Tool

S

Tools

Spacer Tool

M

Tools

Deselect

Ctrl + Shift + A

Tracks

Select Audio Track 1

Alt + 1

Tracks

Select Audio Track 2

Alt + 2

Tracks

Select Audio Track 3

Alt + 3

Tracks

Select Audio Track 4

Alt + 4

Tracks

Select Audio Track 5

Alt + 5

Tracks

Select Audio Track 6

Alt + 6

Tracks

Select Audio Track 7

Alt + 7

Tracks

Select Audio Track 8

Alt + 8

Tracks

Select Audio Track 9

Alt + 9

Tracks

Select Video Track 1

1

Track selection in general and for 3-point-editing

Multicam tool: You trim the clips in the desired track while the timeline is playing

Select Video Track 2

2

Track selection in general and for 3-point-editing

Multicam tool: You trim the clips in the desired track while the timeline is playing

Select Video Track 3

3

Track selection in general and for 3-point-editing

Multicam tool: You trim the clips in the desired track while the timeline is playing

Select Video Track 4

4

Track selection in general and for 3-point-editing

Multicam tool: You trim the clips in the desired track while the timeline is playing

Select Video Track 5

5

Track selection in general and for 3-point-editing

Multicam tool: You trim the clips in the desired track while the timeline is playing

Select Video Track 6

6

Track selection in general and for 3-point-editing

Multicam tool: You trim the clips in the desired track while the timeline is playing

Select Video Track 7

7

Track selection in general and for 3-point-editing

Multicam tool: You trim the clips in the desired track while the timeline is playing

Select Video Track 8

8

Track selection in general and for 3-point-editing

Multicam tool: You trim the clips in the desired track while the timeline is playing

Select Video Track 9

9

Track selection in general and for 3-point-editing

Multicam tool: You trim the clips in the desired track while the timeline is playing

Switch Track Target Audio Stream

'

Tracks

Toggle Track Disabled

Shift + H

Tracks

Toggle Track Lock

Shift + L

Tracks

Toggle Track Target

Shift + T

3-point-editing

Select a video or audio track in the timeline (up/down arrow key) and set it as source with Shift + T.

Resize only audio or video part of a clip

Shift + resize

Only possible with keyboard

Move audio or video part to another track independently.

Alt + move

Only possible with keyboard

Adjust the speed of a clip

Ctrl + dragging

Only possible with keyboard

Return from any tools back to Selection tool.

ESC:

Only possible with keyboard

Tracks resized simultaneously

Shift + dragging

Either for video or audio tracks.

Tracks resized simultaneously to normal

Shift + double click

Normalize track height either for video or audio tracks.

Track selection

up/down

Titler

Action Name

Shortcuts

Description

Add text

Alt + T

Click on the canvas to add text

Add rectangle

Alt + R

Drag the mouse to draw a rectangle

Add ellipse

Alt + E

Drag the mouse to draw a ellipse.

Insert an image

Alt + I

Insert an image

Back to selection tool

Alt + S

Move selected items vertical only.

Shift

Hold Shift moves selected items vertical only.

Move selected items horizontally only.

Shift + Alt

Hold Shift + Alt moves selected items horizontally only.

Render

Action Name

Shortcuts

Description

Render…

Ctrl + Return

Opens the Render window.

Settings

Action Name

Shortcuts

Description

Configure Kdenlive…

Ctrl + Shift + ,

Opens the configure window

Configure Keyboard Shortcuts…

Ctrl + Alt + ,

Opens the shortcut window

Raise widgets with shortcuts (window)

New in version 21.08.0.

With the word “raise” you see all dock widgets (window) on which you can assign shortcuts to raise dock widgets (window). The actions are called like “Raise Project Bin”.

shortcuts

Click on image to start the animation.

Shortcuts for keyframe functions

New in version 21.08.0.

Allow assigning shortcuts to 3 keyframe functions: Add/Remove Keyframe, Go to next keyframe and Go to previous keyframe. Click on the clip and you can add/remove keyframe by shortcut.

shortcuts keyframe

Command Bar

New in version 21.08.0.

The command bar allows to easily searching for any action in Kdenlive like changing themes, adding effects, opening files and more. It can be accessed with the shortcut: Ctrl + Alt + i. The shortcut is defined by KDE-Framework, so do not change it. (This feature requires KDE Frameworks lib version 5.83).

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