Keyboard Shortcuts

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Keyboard shortcuts are crucial to saving time using Photo Mechanic. Learn these and you'll be a speed demon! We've separated the Apple OS X shortcuts from the MS WIndows shortcuts.

OS X Shortcuts

Contact Sheet Shortcuts (OS X)

If you have only one photo selected you can use the arrow keys to move the selection around.

Copy item y
Edit in default editor e
Upload photo via FTP u
Turn tag on +
Turn tag off -
Toggle tag on/off t
Toggle Selection and Loupe cursor modes z
Set Star Rating (if configured in Prefs) 1 thru 5
Set Color Class (if configured in Prefs) 1 thru 8
Remove Color Class or Star Rating (if conf. in Prefs) 0
Select and scroll to last previewed item l
Save s
Rotate counter-clockwise 90° [
Rotate clockwise 90° ]
Rename M or Return
Preview Space
Play/Stop any sounds a
Open IPTC Info i
Move to previous Contact Sheet tab ⌘-{
Move to next Contact Sheet tab ⌘-}
Close current tab ⌘-w
Close all tabs except current Ctrl-Opt-⌘-w

Preview Window Shortcuts (OS X)

Close Preview window Esc or ⌘-w
Move back/forward one item ←, →
Scroll thumbnails by page ↑, ↓, PgUp, PgDn
Delete current item Delete or Backspace
Toggle rendering quality (RAW vs. JPG) q
Turn zoom on/off z or *
Increase zoom +
Decrease zoom -
Toggle shadow n
Toggle highlight b
Link the two previews l
One up view o
2-up view (landscape) v
2-up view (portraits) h
Switch active preview pane in 2-up Tab
Full screen mode (toggles) f
Restore from full screen mode r
Swap items in 2-up view g or /
Set Color Class (if set in Prefs) 1 thru 8
Set Star Rating (if set in Prefs) 1 thru 5
Remove Star Rating or Color Class (if set in Prefs) 0
Set Color Class ⌘-1 thru ⌘-8
Remove Color Class ⌘-0
Set Star Rating Ctrl-1 thru Ctrl-5
Remove Star Rating Ctrl-0
Toggle tag on/off T or . (period)
Upload u
Toggle crop tool c
Remove crop Opt-c
Rotate counter-clockwise 90° [
Rotate clockwise 90° ]
Play/Stop audio sounds a
IPTC Info i
Add to selected items w
Deselect d
Copy y
Rename m
Edit e
Save s
Panning cursor Space or Opt
Pan in the zoomed mode Opt-↑, ↓,←, →
Pan faster in the zoomed mode Shift-Opt-↑, ↓,←, →
Zoom in and out Opt-scroll
Zoom in and center on click ⌘-click

IPTC Stationery Pad Shortcuts (OS X)

Clear all fields ⌘-Del
Load IPTC template ⌘-Opt-l (lowercase L)
Save IPTC template ⌘-Opt-s
Show Job/User/Client dialog ⌘-Opt-j
Show/Hide Variables window ⌘-Opt-v
Apply to selected items ⌘-Opt-a
Accept changes and close Pad ⌘-Return

IPTC Info Shortcuts (OS X)

Save changes and go to next ⌘-] or ⌘-n
Go to next without saving ⌘-Shift-] or ⌘-Shift-n
Save changes and go to previous ⌘-[ or ⌘-b
Go back to the previous without saving ⌘-Shift-[ or ⌘-Shift-b
Save, send to Uploader, and go to next ⌘-u
Copy all IPTC field data to clipboard ⌘-Shift-c
Paste clipboard into IPTC fields ⌘-Shift-v
Save changes and close dialog ⌘-Return
Clear all fields based on Clear mask ⌘-Delete
Load a .IPT or .XMP file ⌘-Opt-l (lowercase L)
Show Job/User/Client dialog ⌘-Opt-j
Save all as a .IPT or .XMP file ⌘-Opt-s
Apply the IPTC Stationery Pad ⌘-Opt-c
Open Variables window ⌘-Opt-v
Play the associated sound file ⌘-Opt-a
Add Color Class ⌘-1 thru 8
Remove Color Class ⌘-0
Add Star rating Ctrl-1 thru 5
Remove Star rating Ctrl-0
Toggle tag on/off ⌘-t
Enlarge the thumbnail Ctrl-z

Slide Show Shortcuts (OS X)

Exit Slide Show Esc
Advance to next item Space or →
Show previous item Backspace or ←
Dismiss item from Slide Show Delete or d
Tag item +
Untag item -
Toggle tag t
Set Color Class 1 thru 8
Remove Color Class 0
Pause slide show if on Auto CapsLock
Toggle fullscreen on/off f

Menu Shortcuts (OS X)

Application Menu (OS X)

Preferences ⌘-, (comma)
Hide Photo Mechanic ⌘-h
Hide other applications ⌘-Opt-h
Quit Photo Mechanic ⌘-q

File Menu (OS X)

New Contact Sheet window ⌘-Shift-n
New Contact Sheet tab ⌘-n
Open Contact Sheet ⌘-o
Close Contact Sheet tab/window ⌘-w
Close window ⌘-Shift-w
Ingest ⌘-g
Live Ingest ⌘-Shift-g
Live Slide Show ⌘-Shift-l
Rename Photos ⌘-m
Copy items ⌘-y
Delete ⌘-Delete
Save As ⌘-s
Burn items to disc ⌘-b
Send items by email ⌘-Shift-e
FTP ⌘-u
Upload ⌘-Ctrl-u
Export ⌘-Ctrl-x
Page setup ⌘-Shift-p
Print ⌘-p

Edit Menu (OS X)

Undo ⌘-z
Redo ⌘-Shift-z
Cut ⌘-x
Copy ⌘-c
Paste ⌘-v
Take IPTC Snapshot ⌘-Opt-c
Paste IPTC Snapshot ⌘-Opt-v
Find ⌘-f
Find and Replace ⌘-Shift-f
Search using Spotlight ⌘-Opt-f
Select all ⌘-a
Deselect all ⌘-d
Select tagged items ⌘-t
Select rotated items ⌘-Shift-r
Select others (invert selection) ⌘-Shift-o
Select Color Class 1-8 ⌘-Ctrl-1 thru 8
Select anything with a Color Class ⌘-Ctrl-9
Select items with no Color Class ⌘-Ctrl-0
Select Star Rating 1-5 ⌘-Opt-1 thru 5
Select anything Star Rated ⌘-Opt-6
Select anything not Star Rated ⌘-Opt-0
Set Code Replacements ⌘-Ctrl-c
Reload Code Replacements Shift-⌘-Ctrl-c
Enter special characters ⌘-Opt-t

Image Menu (OS X)

IPTC Stationery Pad ⌘-i
Apply Stationery Pad ⌘-Shift-i
Keywords panel ⌘-k
Structured Keywords panel ⌘-Opt-k
Rotate counter-clockwise 90° ⌘-[
Rotate clockwise 90° ⌘-]
Tag photos ⌘-+
Untag ⌘-- (minus)
Preview ⌘-r
Edit items ⌘-e
Slide Show ⌘-L
Set Color Class ⌘-1 thru ⌘-8
Remove Color Class ⌘-0
Set Star Rating Ctrl-1 thru Ctrl-5
Remove Star Rating Ctrl-0

View Menu (OS X)

Toggle combined RAW+JPEG ⌘-j
View all F1
View selected F2
View tagged F3
View untagged F4
Refresh F5
Rescan Contact Sheet ⌘-/
Show/Hide Info tooltips ⌘-Shift-t

Tools Menu (OS X)

Apply rotation to JPEGs ⌘-Ctrl-r

Window Menu (OS X)

Select previous tab ⌘-{
Select next tab ⌘-}

Windows Shortcuts

Contact Sheet Shortcuts (Win)

Copy item y
Edit in default editor e
Upload photo via FTP u
Turn tag on +
Turn tag off -
Toggle tag on/off t
Toggle Selection and Loupe cursor modes z
Set Star Rating (if configured in Prefs) 1 thru 5
Set Color Class (if configured in Prefs) 1 thru 8
Remove Color Class or Star Rating (if conf. in Prefs) 0
Select and scroll to last previewed item l
Save s
Rotate counter-clockwise 90° [
Rotate clockwise 90° ]
Rename M or Return
Preview Space
Play/Stop any sounds. a
Open IPTC Info i
Move to previous Contact Sheet tab Cmd-{
Move to next Contact Sheet tab Command-}
Close current tab Ctrl-w
Close all other tabs except current Ctrl-Shift-w

Preview Window Shortcuts (Win)

Close Preview window Esc or Alt-w
Move back/forward one item ←, →
Scroll thumbnails by page ↑, ↓, PgUp, PgDn
Delete current item Delete or Backspace
Toggle rendering quality (RAW vs. JPG) q
Turn zoom on/off z or *
Increase zoom +
Decrease zoom -
Toggle shadow n
Toggle highlight b
Link the two previews l
One up view o
2-up view (landscape) v
2-up view (portraits) h
Switch active preview pane in 2-up Tab
Full screen mode (toggles) f
Restore from full screen mode r
Swap items in 2-up view g or /
Set Color Class (if set in Prefs) 1 thru 8
Set Star Rating (if set in Prefs) 1 thru 5
Remove Star Rating or Color Class (if set in Prefs) 0
Set Color Class Ctrl-1 thru Ctrl-8
Remove Color Class Ctrl-0
Set Star Rating Altl-1 thru Alt-5
Remove Star Rating Altl-0
Toggle tag on/off T or . (period)
Upload u
Toggle crop tool c
Remove crop Shift-c
Rotate counter-clockwise 90° [
Rotate clockwise 90° ]
Play/Stop audio sounds a
IPTC Info i
Add to selected items w
Deselect d
Copy y
Rename m
Edit e
Save s
Panning cursor Space or Shift
Pan in the zoomed mode Shift--↑, ↓,←, →
Pan faster in the zoomed mode Shift-Ctrl-↑, ↓,←, →
Zoom in and out + and keypad-+
Zoom in and center on click Ctrl+left-mouse-click

IPTC Stationery Pad Shortcuts (Win)

Clear all fields Ctrl-Delete
Load IPTC template Ctrl-Alt-l
Save IPTC template Ctrl-Alt-s
Show Job/User/Client dialog Ctrl-Alt-j
Show/Hide Variables window Ctrl-Alt-v
Apply to selected items Ctrl-Alt-a
Accept changes and close Pad Ctrl-Enter

IPTC Info Shortcuts (Win)

Save changes and go to next Alt-] or Ctrl-n
Go to next without saving Alt-Shift-] or Ctrl-Shift-n
Save changes and go to previous Alt-[ or Alt-b
Go back to the previous without saving Alt-Shift-[ or Ctrl-Shift-b
Save, send to Uploader, and go to next Alt-u
Copy all IPTC field data to clipboard Ctrl-Shift-c
Paste clipboard into IPTC fields Ctrl-Shift-v
Save changes and close dialog Ctrl-Enter
Clear all fields based on Clear mask Ctrl-Del
Load a .IPT or .XMP file Ctrl-Alt-l
Save all as a .IPT or .XMP file Ctrl-Alt-s
Apply the IPTC Stationery Pad Ctrl-Alt-c
Open Variables window Ctrl-Alt-v
Play the associated sound file Ctrl-Alt-a
Add Color Class Ctrl-1 thru 8
Remove Color Class Ctrl-0
Add Star rating Alt-1 thru 5
Remove Star rating Alt-0
Enlarge the thumbnail Alt-z

Slide Show Shortcuts (Win)

Exit Slide Show Esc
Advance to next item Space or →
Show previous item Backspace or ←
Dismiss item from Slide Show Delete or d
Tag item +
Untag item -
Toggle tag t
Set Color Class 1 thru 8
Remove Color Class 0
Pause slide show if on Auto CapsLock
Toggle fullscreen on/off f

Menu Shortcuts (Win)

Application Menu (Win)

Preferences Ctrl-, (comma)
Quit Photo Mechanic Ctrl-q

File Menu (Win)

New Contact Sheet window Ctrl-Alt-n
New Contact Sheet tab Ctrl-n
Open Contact Sheet Ctrl-o
Close Contact Sheet tab/window Ctrl-w
Close window Ctrl-Alt-w
Ingest Ctrl-g
Live Ingest Ctrl-Alt-g
Live Slide Show Ctrl-Alt-l
Rename Photos Ctrl-m
Copy items Ctrl-y
Delete Ctrl-Del
Save As Ctrl-s
Burn items to disc Ctrl-b
Send items by email Ctrl-Alt-e
FTP Ctrl-u
Upload Ctrl-Alt-u
Export Ctrl-Alt-x
Page setup Ctrl-Alt-p
Print Ctrl-p

Edit Menu (Win)

Undo Ctrl-z
Redo Ctrl-Shift-z
Cut Ctrl-x
Copy Ctrl-c
Paste Ctrl-v
Take IPTC Snapshot Alt-c
Paste IPTC Snapshot Alt-v
Find Ctrl-f
Find and Replace Ctrl-Shift-f
Search using Spotlight Ctrl-Option-f
Select all Crtl-a
Deselect all Ctrl-d
Select tagged items Ctrl-t
Select rotated items Ctrl-Shift-r
Select others (invert selection) Ctrl-Shift-o
Select Color Class 1-8 Ctrl-Shift-1 thru 8
Select anything with a Color Class Ctrl-Shift-9
Select items with no Color Class Ctrl-Shift-0 (XP only)
Select Star Rating 1-5 Alt-Shift-1 thru 5
Select anything Star Rated Alt-Shift-6
Select anything not Star Rated Alt-Shift-0
Set Code Replacements Ctrl-Alt-c
Reload Code Replacements Shift-Ctrl-Alt-c

Image Menu (Win)

IPTC Stationery Pad Ctrl-i
Apply Stationery Pad Ctrl-Shift-i
Keywords panel Ctrl-k
Structured Keywords panel Ctrl-Shift-k
Rotate counter-clockwise 90° Alt-[
Rotate clockwise 90° Alt-]
Tag photos Ctrl-NumLock-+
Untag Ctrl-- (minus)
Preview Ctrl-r
Edit items Ctrl-e
Slide Show Ctrl-l
Set Color Class Ctrl-1 thru Ctrl-8
Remove Color Class Ctrl-0
Set Star Rating Alt-1 thru Alt-5
Remove Star Rating Alt-0

View Menu (Win)

Toggle combined RAW+JPEG Ctrl-j
View all F1
View selected F2
View tagged F3
View untagged F4
Refresh F5
Rescan Contact Sheet Ctrl-/
Show/Hide Info tooltips Ctrl-Shift-t

Tools Menu (Win)

Apply rotation to JPEGs Alt-r

Window Menu (Win)

Select previous tab Ctrl-+
Select next tab Ctrl-- (minus)

Downloadable Shortcut RefCards (PDF)

Photo Mechanic Shortcuts for OS X

Photo Mechanic Shortcuts for Windows