Keyboard shortcuts for quick transcript correction

Whenever you transcribe audio or video, you may notice small transcription errors. Learning keyboard shortcuts can help you correct these errors quickly and easily — in close to real-time. Watch the video below to see them in action.



Switching between ‘Edit Media’ and ‘Correct Text’ mode

Command + E / Ctrl + E


Use this shortcut to quickly switch between Edit Media mode (which allows you to cut, copy, paste and delete media in your Composition), and Correct Text mode (which allows you to correct transcription errors — like spelling, punctuation and capitalization — without affecting the underlying media).


Playback, pause, and playhead vs. caret cursors

Tab (playback begins at solid blue playhead cursor)

Option + Tab / Alt + Tab (playback begins at blinking caret cursor) 


To better use the playback and pause shortcuts, note the difference between the playhead cursor and the caret cursor.


The playhead cursor is the solid blue vertical line in the transcript. It always corresponds to a specific location in your media represented in the timeline (for example, 4 minutes 30 seconds). The caret cursor is the blinking vertical line in the transcript, and in Correct Text mode, it corresponds to the part of the transcript itself that you’ll be editing.


Because the playhead cursor and caret cursor are independent of one another, you can use the arrow keys to quickly navigate the caret cursor around your transcript, then use Option + Tab (Mac) or Alt + Tab (Windows) to begin playback from that specific location.


Move caret cursor forward or backward by individual words

Option + Right Arrow / Alt + Right Arrow

Option + Left Arrow / Alt + Left Arrow


Use this shortcut to move the caret cursor forwards or backwards word by word, allowing you to move through the transcript rapidly with just your keyboard.


Select individual characters

Shift + Right Arrow

Shift + Left Arrow


Use this shortcut to select an individual character, letter, or number for replacement.


Select individual words


Shift + Option + Right Arrow / Alt+Shift + Right Arrow

Shift + Option + Left Arrow / Alt+Shift + Left Arrow


Use this shortcut to select an individual word, when the word itself needs to be corrected or replaced.


Adjusting playback speed and Patient Playback

Option + J / Alt + J (reduce playback speed by 10%)

Option + L / Alt + L (increase playback speed by 10%)


You can slow down or speed up playback as needed by selecting the speedometer icon in the bar at the top of the app. Keyboard shortcuts allow you to reduce or increase playback speed by 10% at a time.

Patient Playback is a special feature which employs sophisticated algorithms to recognize when you’re making transcript corrections, and it will pause and slow down playback automatically — just when you need it. 


Correcting speaker label boundaries

Command + R / Ctrl + R


Sometimes automatic transcription will attribute words to the wrong speaker, particularly at the beginning or end of a sentence. You can use your mouse to click and drag a speaker label to a location in the transcript to indicate where that person begins speaking, or use this keyboard shortcut to insert a new speaker boundary in the middle of a sentence.


Disconnect caret cursor from playhead cursor

Left Arrow, Right Arrow, Up Arrow, Down Arrow (during playback)


When you’re playing media, pressing any arrow key will disconnect the caret cursor from the playback cursor, allowing you to navigate to a word in the transcript that has already been played back and correct it. 


Reconnect caret cursor to playhead cursor (enable autoscroll)

` (“Grave accent” above the Tab key)


Use this shortcut during playback to reconnect the caret cursor to the playhead cursor and enable autoscroll through the script window.