Keyboard shortcuts

To accelerate menu commands in Praat, you can sometimes choose them with the keyboard, sometimes while also pressing the Command key, Option key, or Shift key. All of these commands can also be chosen from a menu.

When mentioning the Command key, this manual refers to the key that is marked with an apple or the word "command" on Apple keyboards or to the key that is marked "Ctrl" if you are on a Windows or Linux computer.

When mentioning the Option key, this manual refers to the key marked "alt" or "option". In Praat, this key is sometimes used together with the Command key for destructive actions that are the reverse of the actions invoked by using the Command key only. For instance, if Command-T means "add a target at the cursor position", Option-Command-T may mean "remove the selected targets".


Command-A: Zoom all
Command-C: Copy (the selected text, or the selected sound, or the selected part of the Picture window)
Command-D (in Manipulation window): Insert duration point at cursor
Option-Command-D (in Manipulation window): Remove selected duration points
Command-E (in Picture window): Erase all
Command-E (in OT windows): Edit ranking
Command-F: Find
Command-G: Find again
Command-H (in script window): Paste history
Shift-Command-H: Move cursor to maximum pitch
Command-I: Zoom in
Command-L (in Objects window): Open long sound file...
Command-L (in sound windows): View spectral slice
Shift-Command-L: Move cursor to minimum pitch
Command-M: Search Praat manual...
Command-N: Zoom to selection
Command-O (in Objects window): Read from file...
Command-O (in sound windows): Zoom out
Command-P (in Picture window): Print
Command-P (in PointProcess window): Add point at cursor
Command-P (in Manipulation window): Add pulse at cursor
Option-Command-P (in Manipulation window): Remove selected pulses
Command-Q: Quit
Command-R (in Script window): Run
Command-R: Reverse selection
Command-S: Save
Command-T (in script window): Run selection
Command-T (in PitchTier/DurationTier/RealTier/FormantGrid window): Add point at cursor
Command-T (in Manipulation window): Add pitch point at cursor
Option-Command-T (in Manipulation window): Remove selected pitch points
Command-U: Calculator...
Command-V: Paste (insert the text or sound clipboard over the selected text or the selected sound)
Command-W: Close window
Command-X: Cut (the selected text or the selected sound)
Command-Y: Redo
Command-Z: Undo
Command-0 (in sound windows): Move cursor to nearest zero crossing
Command-0 (in OT windows): Evaluate with zero noise
Command-2 (in Manipulation window): Stylize pitch (2 semitones)
Command-2 (in OT windows): Evaluate with noise 2.0
Command-4 (in Manipulation window): Interpolate quadratically (4 points)
Shift-Command-?: Local help
Command-,: Move start of selection to nearest zero crossing
Command-.: Move end of selection to nearest zero crossing
F1: Get first formant
F2: Get second formant
F3: Get third formant
F4: Get fourth formant
F5: Get pitch
Command-F5: Get minimum pitch
Shift-F5: Get maximum pitch
F6: Get cursor
F7: Get spectral power at cursor cross
F8: Get intensity
F12: Log 1
Shift-F12: Log 2
Option-F12: Log script 3
Command-F12: Log script 4
Tab (in sound windows): Play selection
Shift-Tab (in sound windows): Play window
Arrow-up (in sound windows): Select earlier
Arrow-down (in sound windows): Select later
Shift-Arrow-up (in sound windows): Move start of selection left
Shift-Arrow-down (in sound windows): Move start of selection right
Command-Arrow-up (in sound windows): Move end of selection left
Command-Arrow-down (in sound windows): Move end of selection right
Page-up (in sound windows): Scroll page back
Page-down (in sound windows): Scroll page forward
Escape: Interrupt playing

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