Navigating with Logic Pro X Key Commands - dummies

Navigating with Logic Pro X Key Commands

By Graham English

The absolute fastest way to navigate Logic Pro is with key commands. Learn any new key commands lately? Open the Key Commands window by pressing Option-K or by choosing Logic Pro X→Key Commands→Edit. Your cursor is automatically placed in the search field.


Type the name of the command you’re looking for, even if you have to guess at the keywords, and your search results will be displayed in the key commands list. If you press Tab, your cursor will move to the key commands list and pressing any key combination will instantly take you to the associated command.

The key command to open the key commands is Option-K. If you can’t remember which modifier key to use, it doesn’t hurt to try all the modifier keys until you get it right. Anything you do to your project you can undo.

From the Key Commands window, you can create your own key commands:

  1. Search or browse for the command.

  2. Select the command and then click the Learn by Key Label button.

    If you have a keyboard with a numeric keypad and you want to distinguish between number keys on the alphanumeric keyboard or numeric keyboard, press the Learn by Key Position button instead. A full-size keyboard is a great tool for music production. The additional keypad can store a lot of key commands.

  3. Press the key and modifier key or keys.

    If the key command is already in use, an alert will ask you to cancel the operation or replace the key command.

  4. Click the Learn by Key Label button again to finish.

What’s the next best thing to being able to assign thought commands? How about assigning commands to your MIDI controller? Simply follow these steps:

  1. Search or Browse for the command.

  2. Click the Learn New Assignment button.

  3. Press a button on your MIDI controller.

  4. Click the Learn New Assignment button again to finish.

To delete a key command, select the command and click the Delete button. To delete a controller assignment, select the command and click the Delete Assignment button.

At the top of the Key Commands window is an Options drop-down menu with the following options:

  • Presets: Choose a key command preset for another language and, in some instances, other presets installed on your computer.

  • Import Key Commands/Export Key Commands: If you have customized key commands that you use regularly and have to work on a different computer, you can simply import your key commands from this menu. Be a good guest and back up the owner’s key commands first.

  • Copy Key Commands to Clipboard: This menu item is useful if you want to print your key commands for reference, all 30 or so pages of them.

  • Expand All/Collapse All: So many key commands are available that it’s necessary to group them into categories. Being able to expand and collapse the key command menus will help you browse all your choices.

  • Scroll to Selection: If you have a key command selected at the bottom of the list but you’ve travelled to the top of the list looking for another key command, you can quickly jump to your selection using this command.

  • Initialize all Key Commands: This item resets all your key commands to their original state, erasing all key command modifications you may have made. Fortunately, the original set of key commands is a great place to start.

To the right of the Options menu is an additional drop-down menu to show all, used, or unused key commands. Some functions are available only by using a key command. If you open the Key Commands window once a session and learn a new key command, it will be a valuable session.