Export Keyboard Shortcuts in Audition CS5.5

Custom keyboard shortcuts are a powerful way to improve your workflow, put commands easily at your fingertips and avoid lots of point and click mousing/track-padding (I don’t know if that’s an actual word, but we’ll go with it here…). But once you go to the trouble of creating that custom keyboard layout, how do you move it to a new machine? or share it with someone else? Well this is easier than it may seem…

Adobe Audition CS5.5 will create an XML file of your custom keyboard layout when you save in the Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts dialog. You can then copy this file and take it with you to another workstation, give it to others or just save it for safe keeping.

Here’s how…

Step 1: Open the keyboard shortcuts dialog window (under the menu item “Edit” > “Keyboard Shorts…”)

Step 2: Customize (if you haven’t already) your keyboard commands and shortcuts

Step 3: Click the “Save As…” and name your newly minted custom keyboard set

Step 4: On your system, open up your explorer/finder window (depending on your OS) and navigate to the Audition preferences folder:

  • On Mac OSX:
    /Users/<your user name>/Library/Preferences/Adobe/Audition/4.0/
  • On Windows Vista/7:
    C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Audition\4.0\
  • On Windows XP:
    C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Adobe\Audition\4.0\

NOTE: On OSX 10.7 (Lion) and Windows you may need to show hidden folders to see these locations above. Consult your OS help docs for directions on how to do this.

Step 5: Navigate inside the “4.0” folder and look for a folder named “Shortcuts” (if this doesn’t exist, then you may need to go through steps 1 through 3 again). In this folder will be your custom keyboard shortcut XML settings file(s) with the same name you used in the “Save As…” dialog. Copy the file(s) you wish to take with you to the new system.

Step 6: On the new system, copy the XML file(s) to the same “Shortcuts” folder you find under the paths in Step #4. If this folder doesn’t exist, just simply create it and copy the XML files in. When you start Audition CS5.5, the sets of shortcuts will be listed in the keyboard shortcuts dialog for you to select.

Because these are plain text XML files, you can move them cross platform between Mac OSX and Windows systems. Also note, in this same preferences folder  you will find workspace settings, effect presets and other settings you may have customized and you will find they are all XML files as well and portable between systems just like these keyboard shortcuts. If you like to customize your setup, then the folders listed in Step #4 can be copied and moved around or just backed up.

Happy Customizing!

Colin

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