Ultimate Guide of Keyboard Shortcuts of Nuke - Windows & Mac

Note:  On Mac, replace the Ctrl key with the Cmd key.




Backspace/Delete Delete selected clips or folders
MMB drag Virtual slider (number fields)
Space bar (short press) Expand the focused panel to the full window
Space bar (long press) Raise the right-click menu
Alt+S Make the application or floating window fullscreen.
Ctrl+A Select all
Ctrl+C Copy selected item(s)
Ctrl+D Duplicate selected item(s)
Ctrl+F# Save current window layout. The # represents a function key number, F1 through F6
Ctrl+LMB on panel name Float panel
Ctrl+N Create a new project or script, depending on the environment
Ctrl+O Open a project or script, depending on the environment
Ctrl+Q Exit the application
Ctrl+S Save current project or script, depending on the environment
Ctrl+T Cycle through tabs in the current pane. Note that this does not work if the focus is on the input pane of the Script Editor
Ctrl+V Paste the contents of the clipboard
Ctrl+W Close the current project or script, dependent on the environment
Ctrl+X Cut selected item(s)
Ctrl+Z Undo the last action
Shift+Esc Close the current tab
Shift+F1..F6 Change workspace
Shift+S Open the Preferences dialog
Alt+Shift+1..6 Open a recent project or script, depending on the environment
Ctrl+Shift+A Select none
Ctrl+Alt+` Goto next pane
Ctrl+Shift+[ Go to the next tab
Ctrl+Shift+] Goto previous tab
Ctrl+Shift+S Save the current project or script, depending on the environment, and specify the name (Save As)
Ctrl+Shift+Z Redo the last action
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+` Goto previous pane

Nuke Studio’s Timeline Viewer

Keystroke(s) Action
Zoom Out
+ Zoom In
A Alpha
B Blue
C Razor selected
E Clipping Warning
End Go to End
F Zoom to Fit
F12 Clear playback cache
G Green
H Zoom to Fill
Home Go to Start
I Mark In point
J Play Backward
K Pause
L Play Forward
Left Arrow Frame Backwards
O Mark Out point
PgDown Next Layer
PgUp Previous Layer
Q Show Overlays
R Red
Return Swap A/B Inputs
Right Arrow Frame Forwards
V Display the version selector
W Wipe
Y Luma
Alt+Down Arrow Version down the selected clip
Alt+I Clear In Point
Alt+O Clear Out Point
Alt+Shift+Left Arrow Previous Tag
Alt+Shift+Right Arrow Next Tag
Alt+U Clear In/Out Points
Alt+Up Arrow Version up the selected clip
Ctrl+/ Show Timeline Editor
Ctrl+F Full Screen
Ctrl+LMB Color picker (single-pixel)
Ctrl+RMB Deselect sampled pixels
Ctrl+S Save current project
Shift+C Razor all under playhead
Shift+I Go to In Point
Shift+Left Arrow Skip Backwards
Shift+O Go to Out Point
Shift+Right Arrow Skip Forwards
Ctrl+Alt+Down Arrow Go to min version
Ctrl+Alt+Up Arrow Go to the max version
Ctrl+Shift+1 Zoom to Actual Size
Ctrl+Shift+2 Zoom to Half Size
Ctrl+Shift+F Full Quality 1:1
Ctrl+Shift+LMB Color picker (region of pixels)
Ctrl+Shift+P Ignore Pixel Aspect
Ctrl+Shift+S Save the current project and specify the name (Save As)

Nuke Studio’s Timeline



, (comma) Nudge selected shot(s) left, where space is available
. (period) Nudge selected shot(s) right, where space is available
1 Display in the A input buffer
2 Display in the B input buffer
Alt and drag Ripple and duplicate the dragged shot
Alt then drag Duplicate the dragged shot
D Enable or disable the selected shot(s)
Down Arrow Next Edit
drag then Alt Activate Ripple mode while dragging shot
E Cycles between the Slip Clip and Slide Clip tools
Enter (numeric keypad) Edit playhead time
F12 Clear playback cache
F5 Render all Comp containers
F7 Render selected Comp containers
LMB Select a clip including any linked tracks
M Insert the contents of a source Viewer into the timeline at the current playhead position overwriting existing shots
N Insert the contents of a source Viewer into the timeline at the current playhead position and ripple existing shots downstream to accommodate the change
Numeric keypad arrows Change selection between shots
Q Cycles between the available move tools: Multi, Move/Trim, and Select
R Cycles between the available edit tools: Ripple, Roll, and Retime
T Cycles between the available razor tools: Razor, Razor All, and Join
U Mark clip
Up Arrow Previous Edit
V Display the version selector
W Cycles between the available selection tools
Shift+drag clip Disable snap to transition when dragging clips
Alt+, (comma) Nudge selected shot(s) up, overwriting any clips on the tracks above
Alt+. (period) Nudge selected shot(s) down, overwriting any clips on the tracks below
Alt+D Display metadata for the selected track item(s)
Alt+Down Arrow Version down the selected shot
Alt+LMB Select a clip, ignoring linked tracks (for example, audio only)
Alt+Up Arrow Version up the selected shot
Ctrl+numeric keypad arrows Nudge selected shot(s), where space is available
Ctrl+A Select all shots
Ctrl+I Import files
Ctrl+Return Open selected shot in the Viewer
Ctrl+T Add a dissolve between two selected shots
Shift+, (comma) Nudge selected shot(s) left by the increment amount set under the Viewer, where space is available
Shift+. (period) Nudge selected shot(s) right by the increment amount set under the Viewer, where space is available
Shift+Backspace Ripple delete
Shift+U Mark selection
Alt+Shift+/ Rename shots
Ctrl+Alt+A Select all in track
Alt+Shift+Down Arrow Go to min version
Alt+Shift+Up Arrow Go to the max version
Ctrl+Alt+Return Open selected shot in a new Viewer
Ctrl+Shift+A Deselect all shots
Ctrl+Shift+E Open the Export dialog
Ctrl+Shift+I Import folders
LMB then Shift+LMB Select all clips between the left-clicks
Shift+Alt+LMB Ignore linked tracks during the selection
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+I Import EDL, XML, or AAF

2D Compositing Viewer

Keystroke(s) Action
Zoom Out
, (comma) Decrease Gain
; (semi-colon) Previous view (multiview)
. (period) Increase Gain
‘ (apostrophe) Next view (multiview)
[ Toggle left toolbar
] Toggle right toolbar
` (backtick) Toggle floating viewers
+ Zoom In
0, 1, 2, etc. Set Viewer inputs
A Display the Alpha channel
B Display the Blue channel
End Go to the last frame
F or MMB Zoom to Fit
F12 Clear buffers and playback cache
G Display the Green channel
H Zoom to Fill
Home Go to the first frame
I Mark In point
J Play Backward
K Pause
L Play Forward
Left Arrow Step backward one frame
M Display the Matte channel
Numeric pad left/right arrow keys Nudge one frame backward or forward
O Mark Out point
P Pause Viewer refreshing
PgDown Next layer
PgUp Previous layer
Q Toggle overlays
R Display the Red channel
Return Swap A/B input buffers
Right Arrow Step forward one frame
S Open Viewer settings

Note:  You can’t use the S keyboard shortcut to open Viewer properties when Roto or RotoPaint properties are open.

TabToggle 2D/3DUUpdate the ViewerWToggle wipe toolYDisplay the Luma channelAlt+# (0, 1, 2, etc.)Zoom out %Alt+GGo to a specific frameAlt+IClear In pointAlt+LMBPanAlt+MMBZoom in/OutAlt+OClear Out pointAlt+PToggle Input ProcessAlt+UClear In and Out pointsAlt+WROI – Activate new regionAlt+ZToggle lock/unlock zoom levelCtrl+# (0, 1, 2, etc.)Zoom-in %Ctrl+Left ArrowMove the playhead backward to the midpointCtrl+LMBColour picker (single-pixel)Ctrl+PToggle ProxyCtrl+Right ArrowMove playhead forward to the midpointCtrl+RMBDeselect sampled pixelsCtrl+SSave current scriptCtrl+UEnable or disable previewing output on an external broadcast video monitorShift+[Toggle top toolbarShift+]Toggle bottom toolbarShift+0, 1, 2, etc.Set Viewer reference inputsShift+Left ArrowMove left incremented amount (timeline)Shift+numeric pad left/right arrowsNudge frames backward or forwards by the amount specified in the skip frames controlShift+Right ArrowMove right incremented amount (timeline)Shift+WEnable or disable ROIAlt+Shift+SSave the script as a new versionCtrl+Shift+LMBColour picker (region)Ctrl+Shift+PToggle pixel aspect ratioCtrl+Shift+SSave the current script and specify a name (Save As)

3D Compositing Viewer

Keystroke(s) Action
C 3D Top view
PgDown Next Layer
PgUp Previous Layer
S Display Viewer Settings
Tab Toggle 2D/3D viewer
V 3D Perspective view
W Toggle the Wipe tool
X 3D right-side view
Z 3D front view
Alt+LMB Translate viewer on y, z-axis
Alt+MMB Zoom in/out (drag left/right)
Alt+RMB or Ctrl+LMB Rotate viewer on x, y-axis
Ctrl+L Toggle Unlocked/Locked/Interactive Camera or Light
Shift+C 3D Bottom view
Shift+X 3D Left-side view
Shift+Z 3D Back view
Ctrl+Shift+LMB Rotate the viewer on the z-axis

Node Graph

Keystroke(s) Action
. (period) Dot node
/ Search by node name or class
Snaps all nodes to the grid
0, 1, 2, etc. Create/connect viewer inputs
+ Zoom-in
B Insert Blur node
Backspace/Delete Delete nodes
C Insert ColorCorrect node
D Disable/Enable node
Down Arrow Next node in the tree
F Fit selected nodes to Node Graph panel
F12 Clear Buffers
F5 Render all Write nodes
F7 Render selected Write nodes
G Insert Grade node
I Display selected node information
J Jump to bookmarked node
K Insert Copy node
L Auto-place selected nodes
M Insert Merge node
N Rename selected node
Numeric pad arrow keys Navigate around the node tree in the direction specified. For example, pressing the left arrow key (4) selects the next node to the current node’s left in the tree.
O Insert Roto node
P Insert RotoPaint node
Q Show named script info
R Insert Read node
Return Open properties for the selected node(s)
S Display Project Settings
T Insert Transform node
Tab Tab node search menu
U Splay first (Splay selected nodes to 1st selected node)
Up Arrow The previous node in the tree
W Insert Write node
X Command entry mode
Y Splay last (Splay 1st node to the output of 2nd)
Alt+# (0, 1, 2, etc.) Zoom-out %
Alt+B Duplicate and branch selected nodes
Alt+C Duplicate selected node(s)
Alt+D Toggles whether a node is always displayed in Dope Sheet or not
Alt+Down Arrow Version down the current Read/Write node filename
Alt+E Toggle expression links on or off
Alt+F Generate Flipbook for node
Alt+H Hide node inputs when not selected
Alt+I Display script information, such as the node count, channel count, cache usage, and whether the script is in full-res or proxy mode
Alt+K Clone selected node(s)
Alt+N Create StickyNote
Alt+P Toggle postage stamp on or off
Alt+U Splay first selected node to input A
Alt+Up Arrow Version up the current Read/Write node filename
Alt+X Run a script from the file browser
Ctrl+# (0, 1, 2, etc.) Zoom-in %
Ctrl+A Select all nodes in Node Graph
Ctrl+B Toggle node buffer
Ctrl+C Copy selected node(s)
Ctrl+create node Replace the selected node with the new node
Ctrl+D Disconnect upstream node
Ctrl+Down Arrow Move selected node downstream
Ctrl+F7..F10 Save locations 1 through 4
Ctrl+G Nest selected nodes in Group
Ctrl+I Open new Compositing Viewer
Ctrl+LMB on node Highlight all upstream nodes
Ctrl+P Toggle Proxy
Ctrl+Return/Enter Open Group’s node graph
Ctrl+Up Arrow Move selected node upstream
Shift+ Snap selected node to grid
Shift+# (0, 1, 2, etc.) Connect selected node to Viewer reference input
Shift+A AddMix node
Shift+create node Create a node in the new branch
Shift+drag Duplicate selected arrow
Shift+F7..F10 Restore locations 1 through 4
Shift+U Splay selected nodes to the last selected node
Shift+X Swap A/B inputs on node
Shift+Y Splay backward (2nd node to 1st node’s output)
Alt+LMB drag Pan
Alt+MMB drag Zoom-in/out
Alt+Shift+K Declone nodes
Alt+Shift+U Splay last selected node to input A
Alt+Shift+Up Arrow Version to up to the latest file (Read nodes only)
Ctrl+Alt+A on node Select all nodes in the node tree
Ctrl+Alt+G Replace Group node with nested nodes
Ctrl+Alt+LMB on node Open node properties in a floating window
Ctrl+Shift+/ Search and Replace (Read and Write nodes)
Ctrl+Shift+B Toggle selected node(s) bookmark on or off
Ctrl+Shift+C Change node color
Ctrl+Shift+G Copy gizmo to group
Ctrl+Shift+V Paste a copied node into a new branch from an existing node
Ctrl+Shift+LMB on node Select all upstream nodes
Ctrl+Shift+N Create a new script in a new session
Ctrl+Shift+P Create Precomp from selected nodes
Ctrl+Shift+X Extract selected nodes from the tree
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+G Create Group from selected nodes
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+K Force clone

Project/Tags/Versions Bin

Keystroke(s) Action
D Hide version(s) of a clip. You can only hide versions when a clip is opened in the Versions Bin
F8 Refresh clips
V Display the version selector
Alt+D Display metadata for the selected shot(s)
Alt+Down Arrow Version down the selected clip
Alt+F5 Rescan clip range
Alt+Up Arrow Version up the selected clip
Ctrl+B Create a new bin
Ctrl+N Create a new sequence
Ctrl+Return Open the selected clip in the Viewer
Ctrl+Y Create a new tag. You can only add tags to the Tags panel
Ctrl+ALt+Down Arrow Go to min version
Ctrt+Alt+Return Open the selected clip to a new Viewer
Ctrl+Alt+Up Arrow Go to the max version

Properties Panel

Keystroke(s) Action
/ Search by node name or class
LMB drag Copy current value from one control to another
Return/Enter Chooses selected menu item
Tab Move to the next control in the properties
Up/Down Arrow Increment control values
Alt+LMB drag Increment control values using a virtual slider
Alt+LMB on close (x) Close all Properties panels
Ctrl+A Select all nodes in the Properties panel
Ctrl+LMB Reset slider to default
Ctrl+LMB on close (x) Close all properties panels except the one clicked
Ctrl+LMB drag Expression link controls
Ctrl+Shift+A Close all open Properties panels
Shift+LMB drag Copy animation from one control to another
Shift+Tab Move to the previous control in the properties

Curve Editor/Dope Sheet

Keystroke(s) Action
A Frame all keyframes
C Interpolation (Cubic)
F Frame all selected keyframes
H Interpolation (Horizontal)
K Interpolation (Constant)
L Interpolation (Linear)
LMB Select single point
LMB drag on blank space Select region of points
LMB drag on the point Move all selected points
LMB drag on the selection box Scale points inside the selection region
LMB drag on transform handle Move all points in the selection region
MMB drag Draw box in area and zoom to fit the area to curve editor panel
MMB or F Fit selection to window
R Interpolation (Catmull-Rom)
X Break selected control points’ handles
Z Interpolation (Smooth [bezier])
Alt+` (backtick) Display Curve Editor
Alt+LMB drag Pan
Alt+MMB drag Variable zoom
Ctrl+A Select all curves
Ctrl+C Copy selected keys
Ctrl+E Copy Expressions
Ctrl+L Copy Links
Ctrl+LMB drag Move keyframes freely on the x and y axes
Ctrl+Shift (hold down) Hide points to click on the selection box/transform handle
Ctrl+V Paste curve
Ctrl+X Cut selected keys
Shift+LMB Add or Remove points from the selection
Shift+LMB drag Draw box to add/remove points from the selection
Alt+Shift+LMB drag Move single point
Ctrl+Alt+LMB Add point to the current curve
Ctrl+Shift+C Copy selected curves
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+LMB Sketch points freely to the current curve

Script Editor

Keystroke(s) Action
Tab Increase indentation
Ctrl+[ Load previous script
Ctrl+] Load next script
Ctrl+Backspace Clear output window
Ctrl+Return/Enter Run script in the editor
Shift+Tab Decrease indentation
Ctrl+Shift+[ Decrease indentation of selected text
Ctrl+Shift+] Increase indentation of selected text


Keystroke(s) Action
Backspace Delete an item from the curve list or Delete points/shapes
C Toggle Clone tool
D Toggle Dodge/Burn
Delete Remove selected point(s)
E Increase feather on selected point(s)
Esc Switch back to the current Select tool
I Pick color
N Toggle Brush/Eraser
Return (Bezier/Spline tools) Close shape
S (with Viewer mouse-over focus) Cycle between the selected tool’s modes
T (Clone tool) Toggle source as onion skin with transform jack
T (Select tool) Display transform box (points) or jack (shapes)
V Toggle Bezier/B-Spline/Ellipse/Rectangle tools
X Toggle Blur/Sharpen/Smear tools
Z Smooth selected points
Ctrl+A Select all points
Ctrl+LMB (Bezier/Spline tool) Sketch a Bezier or B-spline
Ctrl+LMB (on a point) Break tangent handle for the selected point
Ctrl+drag (Clone/Reveal tools) Set offset between source and destination
Ctrl+Shift (transform box) Drag transform box points to move them
Shift+LMB (Bezier tool) Create a sharp point on the previous point
Shift+LMB (editing points) Bring up transform box for selected points
Shift+drag (Brush/Eraser/Clone/Reveal tools) Change brush size
Shift+drag (editing Bezier/Spline points) Move both tangents handles at the same time
Shift+E Remove feather from selected points
Shift+Z Cusp selected points
Ctrl+Alt+LMB (on Splines) Add point to the curve
Ctrl+Shift+drag (B-Spline) Increase/decrease tension of B-Spline shape

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