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Throughout this book, references are made to key commands (keyboard shortcut keys). Although Cubase provides a default set of key commands, which are associated with a number of functions and operations, you can change these default settings to better reflect your working habits.
The commands that can be associated with keyboard shortcuts are found under File > Key Commands. This will bring up the Key Commands dialog box. At the top of this page, you will find a Search field and to the right of this field, a magnifying glass icon. All the commands are grouped by category in the area below the Search field. The easiest way to find a command is still to type in its name in the Search field and then click on the magnifying glass to display the first match Cubase finds in the Category area below. After a command is found, you can see if a keyboard shortcut is associated with this command by looking at the Keys column in the same area.
To customize a key command:
Inside the Key Commands dialog box, select the command to which you want to assign a keyboard shortcut.
Click inside the field called Type in Key to make this field active. If the selected command already has a keyboard shortcut associated to it, the field titled Keys (above) will display the associated key or key combination.
Press the key or key combination (for example Alt+G) you want to associate with the currently selected command. If the key or key combination is already assigned to another command, Cubase will display the name of this command in the area below called Assigned to .
Press the Assign button to associate the keys you entered to the selected command. The keys should appear in the Keys area above. If a previous keyboard shortcut was already assigned to this command, it will be replaced by the new one you have just created.
The Recycle bin icon below the Keys area will remove the keyboard shortcut associated with a selected command, while the Presets field below manages the previously saved presets or allows you to save a preset to memory. Note that there are already presets available for Cubase 5 or other applications users. Using the same shortcuts to do the same tasks from one software to the next can make sense, so if you're used to working with a specific set of keyboard shortcuts, this dialog box customizes the key command associations to better meet your needs.
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