Shortcuts FL Studio for Windows

Fl Studio digital audio workstation allows you to create music by recording and mixing audio or MIDI materials. For optimized and productive work in the sequencer, we recommend using hot keys. It is much easier and faster to write music with them, because hotkeys allow you to perform simple tasks instantly, and at the same time free your hand with a mouse from routine tasks.

Hot keys in fl Studio can be divided into 5 groups: “Main window”, “Sequencer”, “Piano roll”, “Mixer”, “Playlist”. Combinations are the same in almost all versions, so there is no need to learn new ones every time. In addition, it is not necessary to memorize all the combinations, it is enough to highlight for yourself the highest priority and work with them. The layout does not matter.

Hot keys in fl Studio allow you to work in settings, perform operations with files, channels, steps, space, patterns, legato, mixer, call tools, and so on. Combinations for different tasks may coincide in different functions, so you need to keep track of which section and function you are working with. But it is enough to get used to hotkeys, and work will speed up instantly.

We selected for you a complete list of hot keys in fl Studio with a description of the task, and also divided the combinations into categories for easy searching.

File Operations

Windows Description Edit Cancel Save & submit
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..9 Open recent files 0..9
Ctrl+F Browser smart find...

Pattern Selector

Windows Description Edit Cancel Save & submit
NumPad1..9 Select patterns 1..9
NumPad+ Next pattern
NumPad- Previous pattern
Arrow Right Next pattern
Arrow Left Previous pattern
F4 Next empty pattern

Channel Window & Step Sequencer

Windows Description Edit Cancel Save & submit
0..9 Mute/Unmute first 10 channels
Ctrl+0..9 Solo/Unsolo first 10 channels
Arrow Up Select previous channel
Arrow Down Next channel
Alt+G Group selected channels
Alt+Z Zip selected channels
Alt+U Unzip selected channels
Shift+Arrow Up Move selected channels up
Shift+Arrow Down Move selected channels down
PgUp Next channel group
PgDn Previous channel group
Ctrl+C Copy channel steps/score
Ctrl+V Paste channel steps/score
Ctrl+X Cut channel steps/score
Alt+Delete Delete selected channels
Ctrl+Shift+C Clone channels
Shift+Arrow Left Shift steps left
Shift+Arrow Right Shift steps right
Alt+R Randomize
Alt+P Send to Piano Roll
K Show Keyboard Editor
G Show Graph Editor
Ctrl+Alt+R Channels - Restretch all

Record / Playback / Transport

Windows Description Edit Cancel Save & submit
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)
NumPad0 (zero) Fast forward
NumPad/ Previous bar (Song mode)
Ctrl+NumPad/ Jump 4 bars back (Song mode)
NumPad* Next bar (Song mode)
Ctrl+NumPad* Jump 4 bars forward (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

Windows Description Edit Cancel Save & submit
Tab Cycle nested windows
Ctrl+F8 Open Plugin Picker
Ctrl+Alt+F8 Open Project Picker
Shift+F8 Plugin database
Enter Toggle max/min Playlist
Esc Closes a window
F1 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+F12 Close all unfocused windows
Shift+F12 Align all channel editors (since program version 11.5.8)
Ctrl+Shift+H Arrange windows - Realign

Mixer

Windows Description Edit Cancel Save & submit
Alt+Arrow Left/Arrow Right 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
Ctrl+Shift+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

Windows Description Edit Cancel Save & submit
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+NumPad*// Jump to next/previous song marker (if present)
Ctrl+Alt+NumPad*// Jump to next/previous song marker (if present) and select until next song marker (if present) or until song end
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+Insert Add space at the start of the timeline selection of equal length to the selection
Ctrl+Delete Delete space according to the timeline selection
Ctrl+Enter Select time around selection
Ctrl+Arrow Left/Arrow Right 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)
Delete 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 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/PgDn 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+Arrow Left/Arrow Right Move selection left/right
Shift+Arrow Up/Arrow Down 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) Reorder clip tracks
Shift+0 (zero) Center Playlist to playhead position
Shift+1..3 Horizontal zoom levels 1 (zoom out) to 3 (zoom in)
Shift+4 Horizontal zoom, show all
Shift+5 Zoom to selection
Shift+6 Fit Performance Zone to Playlist

Piano Roll Action

Description Edit Cancel Save & submit
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 notes (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+G Glue
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 notes 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
Shift+Enter Flip separator (since program version 11.5.8)
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+Alt+Insert Slice & insert space (since program version 11.5.8)
Shift+Arrow Left/Arrow Right Shift left/right
Ctrl+Shift+Arrow Left/Arrow Right Rotate left/right (since program version 11.5.8)
Ctrl+Arrow Up/Arrow Down Transpose selection up/down 1 octave
Ctrl+Arrow Left/Arrow Right 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)
Delete Delete selected
Double Left Click (on note) Open note properties
Double Right Click / 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/PgDn Zoom in / Zoom out
Pencil tool + Shift Swap to Brush
Right Click Delete selected notes
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
Ctrl+Shift+V Paste from MIDI clipboard
Shift Temporarily swaps between Paint & Draw modes
Shift+C Select by color
Shift+O Select odd (since program version 11.5.8)
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+M Select more at random (since program version 11.5.8)
Shift+Arrow Left/Arrow Right Move selection left/right
Shift+Arrow Up/Arrow Down 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) Reorder clip tracks
Shift+0 (zero) Center Playlist to playhead position
Shift+1..3 Horizontal zoom levels 1 (zoom out) to 3 (zoom in)
Shift+4 Horizontal zoom, show all
Shift+5 Zoom to selection
Shift+6 Step sequencer mode zoom (since program version 11.5.8)
Alt+T Time markers - Add one... (since program version 11.5.8)
Ctrl+T Time markers - Add auto (since program version 11.5.8)
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Date of change: 04.04.2019
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*Some of the keys listed may not work in older versions of the program