Keyboard shortcuts

A way to accelerate the control of Editors in Praat.


to choose a menu command with the keyboard. All of these commands can also be chosen from a menu.

Command key

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

Option key

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
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 Manipulation window): Add pulse at cursor
Option-Command-P (in Manipulation window): Remove selected pulses
Command-Q: Quit
Command-R: Reverse selection
Command-S: Save
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: Move cursor to nearest zero crossing
Command-2 (in Manipulation window): Stylize pitch (2 semitones)
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
F5: Get pitch
Command-F5: Get minimum pitch
Shift-F5: Get maximum pitch
F1: Get first formant
F2: Get second formant
F3: Get third formant
F4: Get fourth formant
F5: Get 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

© ppgb, October 16, 2007