GarageBand Keyboard Shortcuts

You can use your keyboard to quickly accomplish many tasks in GarageBand. To find the shortcuts for common commands, look in the menus (or see the menu shortcuts below). To complete an action, press the shortcut keys indicated below.

Navigation/Moving the playhead

Action Shortcut
Play/Pause Space bar
Go to beginning Home or Z
Go to end End or Option-Z
Move back by one measure Left arrow
Move forward by one measure Right arrow
Move back by the visible width of the timeline Page up
Move forward by the visible width of the timeline Page down
Zoom out Control-Left arrow
Zoom in Control-Right arrow

Tracks

Action Shortcut
Create new track Command-Option-N
Duplicate track Command-D
Delete selected track Command-Delete
Select next higher track Up arrow
Select next lower track Down arrow
Mute/Unmute selected track M
Solo/Unsolo selected track S
Show/Hide track volume curve A
Show/Hide master track Command-B

Track Info Window

Action Shortcut
Show/Hide Track Info Command-I
Select next higher category or instrument Up arrow (when track info window is open and either a category or an instrument is selected)
Select next lower category or instrument Down arrow (when track info window is open and either a category or an instrument is selected)
Move from instrument column to category column Left arrow (when track info window is open and an instrument is selected)
Move from category column to instrument column Right arrow (when track info window is open and a category is selected)

New Track Dialog

Action Shortcut
Select next higher category or instrument Up arrow (when New Track dialog is open and either a category or an instrument is selected)
Select next lower category or instrument Down arrow (when New Track dialog is open and either a category or an instrument is selected)
Move from instrument column to category column Left arrow (when New Track dialog is open and an instrument is selected)
Move from category column to instrument column Right arrow (when New Track dialog is open and a category is selected)
Toggle between Real/Software Instrument options Tab

Editing and Arranging

Action Shortcut
Undo Command-Z
Redo Command-Shift-Z
Cut Command-X
Copy Command-C
Paste Command-V
Delete Delete
Select all Command-A
Split region Command-T
Join selected regions Command-J
Snap to grid Command-G

Recording

Action Shortcut
Record Start/Stop R
Turn cycle region on/off C
Turn metronome on/off Command-U

Adjusting master volume

Action Shortcut
Raise master volume Command-Up arrow
Lower master volume Command-Down arrow

Showing windows and editors

Action Shortcut
Show track mixer Command-Y
Show track info window Command-I
Show track editor Command-E
Show loop browser Command-L
Show onscreen keyboard Command-K

File menu functions

Action Shortcut
New Command-N
Open Command-O
Close Command-W
Save Command-S
Save As... Command-Shift-S

Application menu functions

Action Shortcut
Show/Hide GarageBand Preferences Command-comma (,)
Hide GarageBand Command-H
Hide other applications Command-Option-H
Quit GarageBand Command-Q

Help menu functions

Action Shortcut
GarageBand Help Command-question mark (?)