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  • Turn off all tracks at once

    Posted by Jim Lightfoot on April 14, 2023 at 8:33 am

    Is there a keyboard shortcut to disable all tracks at once? I’m an occasional user and I have a continual problem of when I paste a clip, it ends up not where I expect it. Sometimes the audio track is the only one selected – A1 in red box – and even thought the track looks like it didn’t paste I discover later on in wiped out some of the audio. Also, some video track are out of view so I don’t realise they are still active. All I can think of is a shortcut to turn off everything then just activate the target track, but as as I’m still learning I welcome other suggestions.

    Arnoud Kwant replied 6 months, 2 weeks ago 5 Members · 10 Replies
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  • Riccardo Luppi

    April 14, 2023 at 10:43 am

    Hey Jim,

    I am not sure if I am understanding exactly what you mean. If you are referring to locking the tracks, in that case the shortcut is alt(option)+Shift+Number for video tracks (ex alt+shift+1 locks video track 1) and alt(option)+Shift+Function for audio tracks (ex alt+shift+F1 locks Audio track 1).

    If you instead want to disable a track, in that case, the shortcuts are the same, just with Control(Comand) instead of Alt(option). So for ex Ctrl+Shit+1 disables video track 1 and Ctrl+Shift+F1 disables Audio track 1.

    Anyway, you can customise any of these shortcuts from the Keyboard Customization menu in DaVinci. That is also a great resource to if you are looking for specific commands.



  • Jim Lightfoot

    April 14, 2023 at 11:31 am

    I wasn’t sure of the options, but wondered if the there was a command that applied to all tracks at once, whether locking or disabling, but it seems not as I couldn’t find one on searching, but this is more detail than I’ve found, so thanks

  • Riccardo Luppi

    April 14, 2023 at 12:03 pm

    Hey mate,

    Actually, if you use 9 (or F9) it does disable/locks all tracks at once.

    So this should solve it for you.Hey mate,

    Actually, if you use 9 (or F9) it does disable/locks all tracks at once.

    So this should solve it for you.

  • Jim Lightfoot

    April 14, 2023 at 12:25 pm

    OK – I just found a shortcuts list that says option-shift-9 locks all tracks. That does the trick, just needed to know what I was looking for 🙂

  • Mark Baldwin

    October 18, 2023 at 4:19 am

    You sure you want to lock the tracks? If you want to turn off the “Auto Track Selector” on multiple tracks, “Shift Click” will turn them all off or on (but only all video or all audio separately. If there’s a way to turn all on and off both Video and Audio, someone let me know. It’s hard to believe that they didn’t program this). “Option Click” will toggle all tracks on and off so that the track you’re clicking is on when the others are off, and vice versa (but once again only video, or audio depending on which kind of track you click).

  • Paul Carlin

    October 20, 2023 at 5:21 pm

    To toggle enable/disable the “auto track selector” for all video tracks the shortcut is:

    Option-F9 for Mac and Alt-F9 for Windows and Linux

    For the audio tracks use:

    Command-option-F9 and Ctrl-Alt-F9 for Windows. Be careful using this with Linux as it will switch your virtual terminal instead and your screen will go black (Use Ctrl-Alt-F1 or Ctrl-Alt-F2 to recover).

    If your goal is to force a clip to land on a particular track, then you can skip the above and simple ALT-click (option-click) the “auto track selector” for the track you want to isolate. Repeatedly Alt-clicking the same auto track selector will toggle the inverse of the selection. This works for the locks and disable track buttons as well. This is a quick way to enable one track while simultaneously disabling all others (or the inverse of that by clicking twice).

  • Jim Lightfoot

    October 20, 2023 at 10:22 pm

    Thanks Paul (and Mark) this is good information. Less frustration in the future:-)

  • Arnoud Kwant

    December 2, 2023 at 10:40 pm

    And now for the $1.000.000 question:

    Is there a keyboard shortcut for activating all autoselectors at once. All before-mentioned short cuts are toggle-switches. I want to be able to restore the default ‘all auto selectors activated’ situation in one fell swoop. It’s something I have been looking for everywhere…



  • Paul Carlin

    December 3, 2023 at 12:25 am

    The hotkey is a toggle. You press the hotkey and you either get all off or all on. If you don’t get what you’re looking for the first time, press it again.

  • Arnoud Kwant

    December 3, 2023 at 10:22 pm

    I just wish I could go back to ‘safe editing’ (meaning all auto track selectors selected) at once. Now I have to

    1) alt-F9 for video

    2) check whether I have enabled all or none

    3) press again if step 2=none

    4) ctrl-alt-F9 for video

    5) check whether I have enabled all or none

    6) press again if step 5=none

    That’s not intuitive, and not something one can create a macro for, because the results could be different every time. Correct me if I’m wrong.



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