Top 20 Premiere Pro Keyboard Shortcuts for Quick Video Editing

Premiere pro keyboard shortcuts keys beginners and video editor

Adobe Premiere Pro is one of the finest video editing software programs. This helps to edit the video, add audio and adjust the lighting to create a wonderful video to present on the screens. Most video editors make their videos lively with the help of Premiere Pro. If you are a beginner or looking for quick video editing shortcut keys, this is for you. Yes, here I’ll give you the easy and useful keyboard shortcut keys for Premiere Pro. It will reduce the time spent editing the video. So let’s scroll down the page to get your shortcut keys.

Premiere Pro Keyboard Shortcuts:

  1. Ctrl+Alt+N                –         Create New Project
  2. Ctrl+N                          –         New Sequence
  3. Ctrl+I                            –          Import file
  4. G                                      –          Audio Gain
  5. Ctrl+R                           –         Clip speed duration
  6. M                                      –         To Create a Marker
  7. L                                        –          Playback Speed Fast Forward
  8. J                                        –          Playback speed Reverse Forward
  9. K                                       –          Pause
  10. C                                        –         To split the sequence
  11. V                                        –         Selection Tool
  12. D                                        –         Select the playhead
  13. Shift+Delete               –         Ripple Delete
  14. Ctrl+A                             –        Select All
  15. Ctrl+Shift+A               –         Deselect All
  16. Ctrl+S                             –         Save Project
  17. Ctrl+Z                             –         Undo Project
  18. T                                         –         Text tool
  19. Ctrl+M                            –         Export media
  20. Ctrl+Q                             –         Exit Project (Premiere Pro)
1. Create New Project: ( Ctrl+Alt+N)

Do you want to create a new project in Premiere Pro? Then, use these ( Ctrl+Alt+N) shortcuts to create your new project quickly.

2. New Sequence: (Ctrl+N)

If you want to set or adjust your video sequence like frame size, and aspect ratio while editing, simply press (Ctrl+N) to go directly to the sequence set.

3.Import File: (Ctrl+I)

To import, a new file into a project, simply press (Ctrl+I) to easily import a new file.

4. Audio Gain: (G)

Do you have any issues with the audio volume? For example, if your audio file has low and high volume levels, tap on the (G) to adjust the audio level.

5. Clip Speed duration: (Ctrl+R) 

Do you want to change the clip speed? Then press (Ctrl+R) to bring up a pop-up where you can adjust the speed and duration of your own clip.

6. To create Marker: (M)

When previewing a video or audio editing in Premiere Pro, if you make any changes to a specific video part, you can use a marker (M) to easily notify the specific part that you want to edit or add something else.

7. Playback Speed Fast Forward: (L)

In your editing, repeat playback will take more time. To quickly check, press (L) to increase the playback speed.

8. Playback speed Reverse Fast Forward: (J)

If you want to reverse the playback speed in your video, simply press (J).

9. Pause: (K)

Do you want to pause the video? Then, in the timeline, press (K) to pause playback.

10. Razor Tool: (C )

The Razor tool is used to split a clip into a timeline. If you want to quickly split a clip, simply press the (C) key.

11. Selection Tool : (V)

If you want to select a specific clip or transition. Just press (V) to select the clips in the timeline.

12. Select the play head: (D)

To select the play head in the timeline, press the (D) key on your keyboard.

13. Ripple Delete: (Shift+Delete)

When we delete the selected clip in the timeline, a gap between the two clips is created. So you can press (Shift+Delete) to quickly remove the clip without a gap.

14. Select All: (Ctrl+A)

Many of you already know the (Ctrl+A) shortcut. This helps to select all clips, files, and transitions using this shortcut key.

15. Deselect All: ( Ctrl+Shift+A )

If you have all of your files or clips selected in the Project panel, you can deselect all of them by pressing (Ctrl+Shift+A).

16. Save Project: (Ctrl+S)

These keyboard shortcuts are must-know for all editors. If you want to save your project, press (Ctrl + S) to save it.

17. Undo Project: (Ctrl+Z)

It will help to go back to the last or previous editing process. If you accidentally delete or want to undo your project, just press (Ctrl+Z).

18. Text Tool: (T)

If you want to text in a project, you can press (T) to create the text easily.

19. Export media: (Ctrl+M)

Do you want to export files? Then, using the keyboard shortcuts (Ctrl+M), navigate to the Export media page.

20. Exit Project (Premiere Pro): (Ctrl+Q)

Once you have finished all your work or have gone to another application, simply press (Ctrl+Q) to quit the project.

21. Move the pivot point/Anchor Point  to the center

Select a clip and hold the Ctrl key and move the anchor point to the clip center

22. How to Convert audio from Stereo to Mono?

In the Project bin, right-click the audio and choose Modify -> Audio Channels. Now convert audio from stereo to Mono.

23. How to Fade-In / Fade-out audio in Premiere Pro?

In Timeline double-click the audio track. It will expand.  Click the add/remove keyframe (It is a small circle button).

Create 2 keyframes. Move the first keyframe to the down position. it will create a fade-in audio effect.

Apply the same method at the end of the audio clip to create a fade-out effect.

That’s it.

24.  How to Naming Audio/Video Tracks in Premiere Pro?

Double-click and expand the track in Timeline.

Right-click and Choose “Rename”. Add a name.

Again right click and choose “Customize”.  Drag and drop the “Track Name” in the button Editor to track.

Now it will show the track’s names.

Creating Presets

How to Save Track name as a Template?

  1. First name the Audio & Video tracks.
  2. Click the 3-column icon after Sequence Name (In the timeline) and choose “Create preset from Sequence”.
  3. It will create a preset file.

Every time you create a Sequence file via New Item-> Sequence. Choose your template in a custom folder. That’s all.

Common Problems & Solutions
Problem 1: Premiere Pro Voice Over Record Button Not Working?

When I try to click the record icon in Timeline, it does not start the audio recording. The microphone icon grayed out.


Right-click the greyed-out Microphone Icon and select “Voice-Over Record Settings” and make sure to select the “source” and  “input” microphone.

Problem 2: Can’t change the audio from  Stereo to Mono. “Clip channel Format” option is grayed out in Audio channels Settings.

I decided to add fade-in and fade-out effects for the audio. When I double clip the audio track it expands and shows both left and right audio tracks. I just want a single audio track. So that I can’t apply fade-in via keyframes.

So I decided to change the audio track from Stereo to Mono. In the timeline audio track, I right-clicked and choosed “Audio

channel”. But “Clip channel Format” is grayed out. So I can’t change the audio track from stereo to Mono.


Go to the project pin and select the audio.

Right-click and choose Modify -> Audio Channels. Now you can able to convert audio from stereo to Mono.  convert it.

Delete the audio track in Timeline and drag and drop the audio from the Project bin. That’s all.

Problem 3: Premiere Pro imported audio playing fast/ It Plays clip Previews too quickly(fast audio Playback speed)

When I try to play background music in Premiere Pro, the audio plays too fast. I can’t hear the actual sound.


Changing the Audio Hardware Input Settings in Premiere Pro Preferences could solve this problem.

Go to Edit -> Preferences -> Audio hardware and change the Default Input to “No Input”.

Now check the audio playback.

See also:

15 Super Easy Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts for Graphic Designers


That’s it, guys. These are the simplest and most wanted shortcut keys for those looking for fast and effective editing in Premiere Pro. Please let me know if you know of any other shortcuts that I haven’t mentioned here through the comments section below. And please accept our heartfelt gratitude for your unwavering support.