Keyboard Shortcuts

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Get an overview of all the keyboard shortcuts and create your own with this easy to follow guide.

Using keyboard shortcuts

Capture One has numerous keyboard shortcuts assigned by default to help speed up your workflow. Shortcuts are assigned not just to the main menu but to many other tools and features, including options for the workspace (such as selection of the tool tabs, cursor tools and displaying or relocating the browser), certain adjustments (including rotating images, rating and color tagging) and many others.

  1. For a full list of the default keyboard shortcuts, from the main menu, select Help>Keyboard Shortcut Summary. 
  2. Capture One will open your default internet browser and display the summary in a new window (Mac shortcuts displayed, above). Note a network connection is NOT required.

Capture One has numerous keyboard shortcuts assigned by default to help speed up your workflow.

Selecting keyboard shortcut sets

When opening Capture One for the first time the default shortcut set is used. However, Capture One offers the option to create and select custom sets of shortcuts, as well as shortcuts from an earlier version (Capture One 3.7), if desired.

  1. To select the version, from the main menu, select Capture One>Edit Keyboard Shortcuts… /Edit>Keyboard Shortcuts (Mac/Windows). The Edit Keyboard Shortcuts dialog opens.
  2. Select the Default (or optional Capture One 3.7) set from the fly-out menu.

Create a custom shortcut set

Before editing the keyboard shortcuts, a copy or duplicate of the complete Default set (or optional Capture One 3.7 set) must first be created. Note, a number of essential shortcuts cannot be changed.

  1. From the main menu, select Capture One>Edit Keyboard Shortcuts… /Edit>Keyboard Shortcuts (Mac/Windows). The Edit Keyboard Shortcuts dialog opens.
  2. Select the Default (or optional Capture One 3.7) set from the fly-out menu.
  3. Click on Create. A second dialog box opens.
  4. Name the new shortcut set in the text field. (e.g., My custom shortcuts), and press OK. The new set is added to the fly-out menu and is ready for editing.
  5. Continue to make edits (see below), or click on Close to shut the dialog (the set will be saved automatically).

When opening Capture One for the first time the default shortcut set is used.

Edit shortcuts

As a safeguard, only a custom set can be edited. The Default set and the optional Capture One 3.7 set cannot be modified or deleted, even accidentally.

  1. From the main menu, select Capture One>Edit Keyboard Shortcuts… /Edit>Keyboard Shortcuts (Mac/Windows). The Edit Keyboard Shortcuts dialog opens.
  2. Select a previously created custom shortcut set (see above for details on how to create a custom set).
  3. Under the Command column, click on the function that requires a new or different shortcut. Selecting a function that is subsequently highlighted in orange can’t be edited, however those that change instantly from orange to gray are editable.    
  4. Type in the chosen keyboard shortcut in the adjacent text field, under the Key column. Repeat for each selection.The new shortcuts are effective immediately (and are updated in the main menu against the tools, where applicable).
  5. Click on Close to shut the dialog. All of the edits are saved automatically.
  6. You can view a summary of the selected set from the main menu, select Help>Keyboard Shortcut Summary.

As a safeguard, only a custom set can be edited. The Default set and the optional Capture One 3.7 set cannot be modified or deleted.

Assign shortcuts to cursor tools

Although certain groups of cursor tools are assigned keyboard shortcuts by default, you can assign new keyboard shortcuts to any cursor tool. By assigning the same shortcut to a group you can cycle through the selection using the shift key. For example, when assigning the P key to all of the pickers, you can cycle through the group using shift+P.

  1. Create a custom shortcut set, as described above.
  2. From the Cursor Tools command, select the cursor group you want to change the shortcuts to. For example, Pickers.
  3. Select each picker in turn, then click on the adjacent key column (the text box will turn from gray to black when active) and type P, for example.
  4. Repeat for each cursor tool in the group.
  5. When finished click on Close to shut the dialog. All of the edits will be saved automatically.

Although certain groups of cursor tools are assigned keyboard shortcuts by default, you can assign new keyboard shortcuts to any cursor tool.

Copy shortcut set

When more than one custom set is required with only some minor changes, or you want peace of mind after taking time creating a complex set, you can simply duplicate it.

  1. From the main menu, select Capture One > Edit Keyboard Shortcuts… / Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts (Mac/Windows). The Edit Keyboard Shortcuts dialog opens.
  2. From the fly-out menu, located top left, select the set to copy.
  3. Click on Duplicate at the top the dialog. A new dialog opens.
  4. Type in a name for the new set in the text field, and click on OK. The new set is added to the fly-out menu and is selected ready for editing.
  5. Continue to make edits and when finished click on Close to shut the dialog. The set will be saved automatically.

When more than one custom set is required with only some minor changes, or you want peace of mind after taking time creating a complex set, you can simply duplicate it.

Delete shortcut commands and custom sets

Only custom sets can be edited and deleted, the Default set and the optional Capture One 3.7 set cannot even accidentally. Warning! Deleting a custom set is irreversible. After creating an extensively modified set of shortcuts, it is advisable to make a copy as a back-up (see above for more details).

  1. Open the Edit Keyboard Shortcuts dialog and select the custom shortcut set to be edited, as described above.
  2. Under the Command column, click on the chosen shortcut, then click on the adjacent delete (cross-shaped) button.
  3. To delete a complete set of shortcuts, select the chosen custom set from the fly-out top left, then click on the Delete button at the top right of the dialog box. The set is removed immediately.
  4. Click on Close to shut the dialog.

Only custom sets can be edited and deleted, the Default set and the optional Capture One 3.7 set cannot