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Secret DaVinci Resolve Keyboard Shortcuts Every Editor Should Know


Blackmagic Design makes keyboards, panels, and consoles for their most advanced users. These sophisticated hardware tools are the quickest way to operate within Resolve. But, for most editors who are not full-time professionals, DaVinci Resolve keyboard shortcuts can often be the key to getting the job done quickly.

DaVinci Resolve 18 keyboard shortcuts are combinations of keystrokes used to execute specific actions within version 18 of Resolve. They help users perform frequently repeated actions faster, speeding up their work in the process, and are vital to working with maximum efficiency.

This article will list the most valuable Davinci Resolve 18 keyboard shortcuts that every editor should know.

DaVinci Resolve editor keyboard
DaVinci Resolve editor keyboard

The most essential DaVinci Resolve 18 keyboard shortcuts   

DaVinci Resolve 18 is an extensive program with dedicated workspaces for editing, color grading, compositing, audio engineering, and rendering. Because of its selective nature, this list focuses on the editing, color grading, and media handling functions within Resolve. 

The tables below list some of the most frequently used DaVinci Resolve 18 keyboard shortcuts within these workspaces. They are grouped by categories, depending on the function they serve.

Windows & Mac users

Note that the “Command” key is specifically for macOS users.

Users of systems other than macOS should replace “Command” with “Control”, then replace “Option” with “Alt”.

Application shortcuts

These are the most general shortcuts to set up your project in Resolve. 

Minimize ResolveCommand H
Minimize all other programsOption Command H
PreferencesCommand Comma
Project SettingsShift 9
Import ProjectCommand I
Export ProjectCommand E
Save ProjectCommand S
Save Project AsShift Command S
Quit ResolveCommand Q
New TimelineCommand N
New BinCommand Shift N

Display shortcuts

These keys move between different workspaces or bring up different viewers and displays within the different Resolve workspaces.

Open Media WorkspaceShift 2
Open Cut WorkspaceShift 3
Open Edit WorkspaceShift 4
Open Color WorkspaceShift 6
Open Deliver WorkspaceShift 8
Zoom In +
Zoom Out
Full ScreenShift F
Left Display1
Right Display2
Split ScreenCommand Option W
Toggle between Source/Timeline ViewersQ
Video ScopesCommand Shift W

Navigation shortcuts

These shortcuts are to navigate timelines or play video and audio clips within specific DaVinci Resolve 18 workspaces.

Toggle between Pause/Start PlaybackSpace
Stop PlaybackK
Playback In ReverseJ
Fast ForwardShift L
Fast ReverseShift J
Toggle between Loop/UnloopCommand + /
Go to the Beginning of the TimelineFunction Left Arrow
Go to the End of the TimelineFunction Right Arrow
Got to Previous Clip or CutUp Arrow
Go to Next Clip or CutDown Arrow
Go to First Frame of Clip;
Go to Last Frame of Clip
Go to Previous FrameLeft Arrow
Go to Next FrameRight Arrow
Play Around the Current Frame/

Marker shortcuts

These shortcuts help set, remove, and navigate around markers used in editing processes.  

Set In MarkI
Set Out MarkO
Remove In MarkOption I
Remove Out MarkOption O
Remove IN and Out MarksOption X
Add MarkerM
Delete MarkerOption M
Modify MarkerShift M
Add and Modify MarkerCommand M
Go to In MarkShift I
Go to Out MarkShift O
Go to Next MarkerShift Down Arrow
Go to Previous MarkerShift Up Arrow
Play Around In Option Space
Play Around OutShift Space
Play In to OutOption /

Editing shortcuts

These are the most common shortcuts used in the editing process.

Edit ModeA
Trim ModeT
Dynamic Trim ModeW
Select Blade ToolB
Select Razor ToolCommand B
Toggle between Slip/Slide ModeS
Toggle between Snapping On/OffN
Make CutCommand X
Make CopyCommand C
PasteCommand V
Undo Command Z
RedoCommand Shift Z
Go to Previous Cut PointV
Toggle  between Edit Point TypesU
Split ClipCommand \
Join ClipOption \
Toggle between Enable/Disable ClipD
Select AllCommand A
Deselect AllCommand Shift A
Select Nearest Clip or GapShift V
Select Forward Clips on  this TrackY
Select Previous Clips on this TrackCommand Y
Delete SelectedBackspace
Insert EditF9
Overwrite EditF10
Replace EditF11
Place On Top EditF12
Fit To Fill EditShift F11
Ripple DeleteDelete
Append at End of TimelineShift F12
Trim StartShift [
Trim EndShift ]

Effects shortcuts 

These are shortcuts used to make audio and visual transitions and set and manipulate keyframes and nodes.

Add TransitionCommand T
Add Video Only TransitionOption T
Add Audio Only TransitionShift T
Retime ControlsCommand R
Add KeyframeCommand [
Delete KeyframeOption ]
Go to Next Keyframe[
Go to Previous Keyframe]
Add Serial NodeOption S
Add Parallel NodeOption P
Add Layer NodeOption L
Add Splitter-Combiner NodeOption Y
Next NodeShift Option Apostrophe
Previous NodeShift Option Semicolon
Toggle between Disable/Enable NodeCommand D
Toggle between Disable/Enable All NodesOption D
Reset Grades and NodesCommand Home
Bypass All GradesShift D

Final thoughts

Getting familiar with these shortcuts will help you significantly speed up your workflow within Resolve.

You can also import keyboard set-ups from other editing programs, such as Final Cut Pro or Premiere Pro, into Resolve. However, remember that Resolve’s extended functions may not be best utilised using these setups.

Finally, you can quickly custom set up keyboard shortcuts within DaVinci Resolve. This way, you can tailor DaVinci Resolve 18 keyboard shortcuts to your unique requirements.

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