Application Shortcuts

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There are two types of Shortcuts:

  • Panel Shortcuts that you create for any custom built panels and
  • Application Shortcuts (described here) that are built-in to TouchDesigner's authoring interface.

The most important Application Shortcuts (as in Designer Mode) are:

  • Space bar stops and starts the timeline.
  • Right-arrow steps forward one frame.
  • Left-arrow steps back one frame.

(The keys are different in Panel Shortcuts.)

The Application Shortcuts are defined in a DAT table with 3 columns:

  • Column 1: label
  • Column 2: key
  • Column 3: optional command

Overwriting Shortcuts[edit]

Optional shortcut overrides table can be added to a text file located at: $USERPATH/touch/TouchShortcuts.txt If the file does not exist, no shortcut overrides are currently defined.

The text file must be formatted with the same 3 columns and contain the same label of which Application Shortcut to replace in the first column. For Application Shortcuts starting with general, the third column must not be modified.

Default Shortcuts[edit]

The following table is searched for each keyboard stroke until a match is found. (000 means no key is defined.) The default shortcuts are listed in a file, read into TouchDesigner when it starts from: $TFS/Config/TouchShortcuts.txt

label key command
general.pause space space
general.forward left left
general.backward right right
general.cooking ctrl.space offon
general.F1 F1 F1
general.F2 F2 F2
general.F3 F3 F3
general.F4 F4 F4
general.F5 F5 F5
general.F6 F6 F6
general.F7 F7 F7
general.F8 F8 F8
general.F9 F9 F9
general.F10 F10 F10
general.F11 F11 F11
general.F12 F12 F12
general.AF1 alt.F1 AF1
general.AF2 alt.F2 AF2
general.AF3 alt.F3 AF3
general.AF4 alt.F4 AF4
general.AF5 alt.F5 AF5
general.AF6 alt.F6 AF6
general.AF7 alt.F7 AF7
general.AF8 alt.F8 AF8
general.AF9 alt.F9 AF9
general.AF10 alt.F10 AF10
general.AF11 alt.F11 AF11
general.AF12 alt.F12 AF12
textport.back.history up
textport.forward.history down
textport.search ctrl.f
network.toggle.render r
network.toggle.bypass b
network.toggle.display d
network.new alt.n
network.jump.down enter
network.dive i
network.jump.up u
network.cancel esc
network.color.palette c
network.edit.expose e
network.frame f
network.frame.selected F
network.home h
network.home.selected H
network.home.current 000
network.layout L
network.layout.all l
network.add.group G
network.open.groups g
network.name n
network.local.time 000
network.load.component X
network.overview o
network.parameters p
network.connect.style s
network.show.datalinks x
network.mode t
network.hide D
network.expose.all E
network.select.all ctrl.a
network.copy ctrl.c
network.paste ctrl.v
network.cut ctrl.x
network.delete del
network.find ctrl.f
network.browser ctrl.b
network.search alt.s
network.switchto.net alt.1
network.switchto.panel alt.2
network.switchto.geoview alt.3
network.switchto.topview alt.4
network.switchto.chopview alt.5
network.switchto.keyframer alt.6
network.switchto.parm alt.7
network.switchto.geoss alt.8
network.switchto.textport alt.9
network.pane.clone alt.shift.c
network.pane.stow alt.\
network.pane.splitlr alt.[
network.pane.splittb alt.]
network.pane.fullscreen alt.`
network.pane.close alt.z
network.pane.linkplus alt.+
network.pane.linkminus alt.-
network.list.down j
network.list.up k
network.list.right .
network.list.left ,
network.add.operator tab
network.edit.prefs 000
network.license.manager alt.k
network.winplacement alt.w
network.new.project ctrl.n
network.explorer alt.e
network.channel.exports alt.x
network.console alt.c
network.export.movie ctrl.m
network.midimapper alt.d
network.beat 000
network.open.viewer v
network.show.version alt.shift.v
network.align.area.keepsize 000
network.align.area.resize 000
network.cascade.area.keepsize 000
network.layout.all.pack 000
network.reset.tile.sizes 000
network.normalize.tile.sizes 000
network.import.file ctrl.i
network.snap.grid.selection 000
network.snap.grid.all 000
network.activate.viewers a
network.activatealways.viewers alt.a
network.palette.browse alt.l
network.channel.browse 000
group.add.group G
group.select.all a
group.plus +
group.minus -
group.equals =
app.operator.browse alt.o
app.groups alt.g
app.help alt.h
app.load ctrl.o
app.macros alt.m
app.bookmarks alt.b
app.quit ctrl.q
app.save ctrl.s
app.saveas ctrl.shift.s
app.textport alt.t
app.variables alt.v
app.performance alt.y
chopviewer.home h
chopviewer.hadapt H
chopviewer.vadapt V
chopviewer.timebar t
chopviewer.timescroll c
chopviewer.labels l
chopviewer.extend x
chopviewer.dots d
chopviewer.handles n
chopviewer.grid g
chopviewer.units u
chopviewer.editmenu e
chopviewer.scopemenu s
chopviewer.precise p
timeslice.reset.minmax r
timeslice.home h
timeslice.precise p
keyframer.home h
keyframer.home.selected H
keyframer.home.horizontal F
keyframer.home.vertical V
keyframer.longnames n
keyframer.scalehandle tab
keyframer.toggle.selected.ties t
keyframer.delete.selected.key del
keyframer.copy.selected.key ctrl.c
keyframer.paste.selected.key ctrl.v
keyframer.timeline.next.key ctrl.right
keyframer.timeline.prev.key ctrl.left
keyframer.add.closest alt.LMB
keyframer.add.selected alt.MMB
keyframer.add.all alt.RMB

An Operator Family that manipulates text strings: multi-line text or tables. Multi-line text is often a command Script, but can be any multi-line text. Tables are rows and columns of cells, each containing a text string.

There are four types of shortcuts: Application Shortcuts that are built-in to TouchDesigner's authoring interface, Panel Shortcuts that you create for any custom built panels, Parent Shortcuts for accessing a component from within that component, and Global OP Shortcuts that access a unique component from anywhere in TouchDesigner.