Keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts are great - as you take the time to learn them, your ability to quickly edit and produce your content will empower you to become the Descript aficionado that all of your peers will deeply envy.

Help Center icon at the top-right corner of the app and Keyboard shortcuts option.

When working in the Script Editor, single-letter keyboard shortcuts will only be available while you are not using Write mode or correction mode.

Playback

Action MacOS Windows
Play / Pause Space (while script tools are inactive), Command + S, Option + Click Space (while script tools are inactive), Control + S, Alt + Click
Play from cursor Shift + Space (while script tools are inactive) Shift + Space (while script tools are inactive)
Spot audition Shift + Command + Space Control + Shift + Space
Move playhead to beginning Home Home
Next marker Option + Command + . Control + Alt + .
Previous marker Option + Command + , Control + Alt + ,
Next scene Shift + Command + . Control + Shift + .
Previous scene Shift + Command + , Control + Shift + ,
Step forward by a frame Right arrow Right arrow
Step backward by a frame Left arrow Left arrow
Next clip Option + Shift + Command + . Control + Alt + Shift + .
Previous clip Option + Shift + Command + , Control + Alt + Shift + ,
Decrease playback speed Shift + J Shift + J
Reset playback speed Shift + K Shift + K
Increase playback speed Shift + L Shift + L
Autoscroll Esc Esc

Timeline

Action MacOS Windows
Select tool A or hold A A or hold A
Range tool R or hold R R or hold R
Blade tool B or hold B B or hold B
Hand tool H or hold H H or hold H
Slip tool Y or hold Y Y or hold Y
Zoom in Command + Scroll down or Command + = Control + Scroll down or Control + =
Zoom out Command + Scroll up or Command + - Control + Scroll up or Control + -
Scroll left Shift + Scroll Down or H + Drag Right Shift + Scroll Down or H + Drag Right
Scroll right Shift + Scroll Up or H + Drag Left Shift + Scroll Up or H + Drag Left
Add clip boundary (split clip) S S
Replace with gap clip Shift + Delete Shift + Backspace
Replace with (need to have a visual selected) Option + R Alt + R
Toggle timeline Shift + Command + S Control + Shift + S

Tools

Action MacOS Windows
Correct transcript C C
Toggle punctuation X X
Toggle capitalization Z Z
Search actions... Command + K Control + K

Selection

Action MacOS Windows
Ignore Command + Delete Control + Backspace
Bold text Command + B Control + B
Italic text Command + I Control + I
Highlight Shift + Command + H Control + Shift + H
Paste attributes Shift + Command + V Control + Shift + V
Edit sequence Shift + Command + O Control + Shift + O
Auto-level clip Option + Shift + Command + L Control + Alt + Shift + L
Comment Shift + Command + M Control + Shift + M
Duplicate Shift + Command + C Control + Shift + C
Quick duplicate Option + Shift + Command + C Control + Alt + Shift + C

Insert

Action MacOS Windows
Speaker label @ @
Marker (not while the correction tool is active) # #
Overdub D D
Text Option + Command + T Control + Alt + T
Shape Option + Command + S Control + Alt + S
Scene (not while the correction tool is active) / /

Canvas

Action MacOS Windows
Bring to front ] ]
Move forward Shift + ] Shift + ]
Move backward Shift + [ Shift + [
Send to back [ [
Duplicate layer Command + D Control + D
Hide layer Option + H Alt + H
Toggle layer lock Option + L Alt + L
Snap to guides Shift + Command + ' Control + Shift + '
Expand / shrink canvas Command + . Control + .

View

Action MacOS Windows
Show / hide video Option + Command + V Control + Alt + V
Move video Option + Shift + Command + V Control + Alt + Shift + V
Toggle project contents Option + Command + C Control + Alt + C
Media library Option + Command + L Control + Alt + L
Toggle templates library Option + Command + P Control + Alt + P
Keyboard shortcuts Option + Command + K Control + Alt + K

Edit

Action MacOS Windows
Project Command + N Control + N
Composition Option + Command + N Control + Alt + N
Toggle write mode Command + E Control + E
Toggle correct text mode Option + C Alt + C
Undo Command + Z Control + Z
Redo Shift + Command + Z Control + Shift + Z
Select all Command + A Control + A
Find... Command + F Control + F
Find in project... Shift + Command + F Control + Shift + F
Find previous Shift + Command + G Control + Shift + G
Find next Command + G Control + G
Restore removed media Shift + Command + Delete Control + Shift + Backspace
Correction Wizard Option + Shift + Command + E Control + Alt + Shift + E

Share

Action MacOS Windows
Project access Shift + Command + A Control + Shift + A
Publish Shift + Command + P Control + Shift + P
Copy project link Command + L Control + L
Export Shift + Command + E Control + Shift + E
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