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Shortcut Keys

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While you’re playing around with your movie editing software, it’s so much quicker if you take the time to learn the skill of using several keys on the computer keyboard, in sequence or together, to produce a result you’d normally take longer to do with the scroll button on your mouse.

As you’re typing with the keyboard, there are tricks and tips that utilize the zone where your hands are already moving … saving you time, making it easier and once you’ve remembered them, will also come in handy for other applications.

Here is a list of keyboard keys to press to get a quick result.

Create a new project : CTRL+N

Open an existing project : CTRL+O

Save a project: CTRL+S

Save a project with new name : F12

Save a movie : CTRL+P

Capture video : CTRL+R

Import an existing digital media file : CTRL+L

Undo the last action : CTRL+Z

Redo the last undone action : CTRL+Y

Cut : CTRL+X

Copy : CTRL+C

Paste : CTRL+V

Delete : DELETE

Select all clips : CTRL+A

Rename a collection or clip : F2

Clear the Storyboard/Timeline : CTRL+DELETE

Show or Hide Storyboard/Timeline : CTRL+T

Zoom in on the timeline : PAGE DOWN

Zoom out on the timeline : PAGE UP

Add selected clips to the Storyboard : CTRL+D

Play video in full screen : ALT+ENTER

Set start trim point : CTRL+SHIFT+I

Set end trim point : CTRL+SHIFT+O

Clear trim points : CTRL+SHIFT+DELETE

Split a clip : CTRL+L

Combine contiguous clips : CTRL+M

Nudges clip to the left : CTRL+SHIFT+B

Nudges clip to the right : CTRL+SHIFT+N

Play or pause clip : SPACEBAR

Stop playback on the storyboard/timeline : CTRL+K

Play content on the storyboard/timeline : CTRL+W

Rewind content on the storyboard/timeline : CTRL+Q

Back : CTRL+ALT+LEFT ARROW

Forward : CTRL+ALT+RIGHT ARROW

Previous frame : ALT+LEFT ARROW

Next frame : ALT+RIGHT ARROW

Display Help topics : F1

Supported Files by Windows Movie Maker:

Audio files: .aif, .aifc, .aiff .asf, .au, .mp2, .mp3, .mpa, .snd, .wav, and .wma

Picture files: .bmp, .dib, .emf, .gif, .jfif, .jpe, .jpeg, .jpg, .png, .tif, .tiff, and .wmf

Video files: .asf, .avi, .m1v, .mp2, .mp2v, .mpe, .mpeg, .mpg, .mpv2, .wm, and .wmv (not including mpeg-2 and mpeg-4)

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