CMD +: A Definitive Guide to Keyboard Shortcuts for Garageband on macOS

There’s a reason keyboard shortcuts are named as such. Nearly all functions in Garageband can be executed with a simple combination of keys, and by practicing and utilising the shortcuts on this list, you can achieve a god-like level of speed and productivity while editing!

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Start or stop playback:

Space bar

Go to beginning:

Return

Go to end of last region:

Option-Return

Move forward:

Period (.)

Move back:

Comma (,)

Move cycle area forward:

Shift-Command-Period (.)

Move cycle area back:

Shift-Command-Comma (,)

Move forward by visible width of the timeline:

End

Move back by visible width of the timeline:

Home

Turn Catch mode on/off:

<

Zoom out:

Command–Left Arrow

Zoom in:

Command–Right Arrow

Create a new track:

Option-Command-N

Create a new audio track:

Option-Command-A

Create a new software instrument track:

Option-Command-S

Duplicate the selected track:

Command-D

Delete the selected track:

Command-Delete

Rename the selected track:

Shift-Return

Select the next higher track:

Up Arrow

Select the next lower track:

Down Arrow

Mute/Unmute the selected track:

M

Solo/Unsolo the selected track:

S

Turn monitoring for the selected track on/off:

Control-I

Show/Hide automation for the selected track:

A

Delete all automation on the selected track:

Control-Shift-Command-Delete

Unmute all tracks:

Control-Option-Command-M

Unsolo all tracks:

Control-Option-Command-S

Undo:

Command-Z

Redo:

Shift-Command-Z

Cut:

Command-X

Cut an arrangement marker together with its regions:

Option-Command-Delete

Copy:

Command-C

Paste:

Command-V

Delete:

Delete

Select all:

Command-A

Select previous region on the selected track:

Left Arrow

Select next region on the selected track:

Right Arrow

Split selected region or event at the playhead:

Command-T

Join selected regions or notes:

Command-J

Loop selected region continuously:

L

Add selected region to the Apple Loops Library:

Control-Shift-O

Rename the selected region:

Shift-N

Turn Snap to Grid on/off:

Command-G

Show/Hide alignment guides:

Option-Command-G

Start recording:

R

Turn the Record Enable button for the selected track on/off:

Control-R

Turn the cycle area on/off:

C

Turn the metronome on/off:

K

Turn count-in on/off:

Shift-K

Transpose selected notes up one semitone:

Option–Up Arrow

Transpose selected notes down one semitone:

Option–Down Arrow

Transpose selected notes up one octave:

Option-Shift–Up Arrow

Transpose selected notes down one octave:

Option-Shift–Down Arrow

Select the next score event:

Right Arrow

Select the previous score event:

Left Arrow

Select the next staff event:

Down Arrow

Select the previous staff event:

Up Arrow

Print score notation:

Command-P

Show/Hide the Musical Typing window:

Command-K

Show/Hide Smart Controls:

B

Show/Hide the Score Editor:

N

Show/Hide the Piano Roll Editor:

P

Show/Hide the Loop Browser:

O

Show/Hide the Library:

Y

Show/Hide the Editor:

E

Show/Hide the Note Pad:

Option-Command-P

Show/Hide the Media Browser:

F

Show/Hide the Arrangement track:

Shift-Command-A

Show/Hide the Movie track:

Shift-Command-O

Show/Hide the Transposition track:

Shift-Command-X

Show/Hide the Tempo track:

Shift-Command-T

Show/Hide the master track:

Shift-Command-M

Open a Movie:

Option-Command-O

Create a new project:

Command-N

Open an existing project:

Command-O

Close the current window or project:

Command-W

Minimize the GarageBand window:

Command-M

Save the current project:

Command-S

Save As:

Shift-Command-S

Show GarageBand preferences:

Command-Comma (,)

Hide GarageBand:

Command-H

Quit GarageBand:

Command-Q

Open detailed Help (move the pointer over an interface item):

Command-Backslash (/)