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  • Step 1. Shortcuts, commands and more  Ableton Live shortcuts and navigation. Originally aimed at Live 8 but still mostly applicable in Live 9, this section is gradually and continually being updated. 
  • Step 2. Lose the mouse! Mouse-free computing on a Mac.
  • Step 3. A higher state of mouselessness  Automate routine tasks using iKey - essential to all Live users who want a much faster workflow with less effort.

Midi Mouse Keys Control the cursor using a MIDI keyboard.

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Shortcut Convention

There's no specific convention because MacAbleton advocates Sticky Keys, which means you can type shortcuts one key at a time. It should be fairly obvious in the text what you are supposed to do if you aren't using Sticky Keys. The way shortcuts and sequences are written may vary from one tutorial to another. In general though, if it says 'cmd H', you don't need to type a capital H using the shift key, just a little h will do! Most shortcuts involve one or more modifiers plus a single letter, but some use two letters. These latter are invariably iKey shortcuts, and mouse users should probably type the letters quickly in sequence. Anything after that, such as arrow keys, the tab or enter key and so on, is most likely to be a sequence of events separate from the actual shortcut. So for example ⌃F3 ◀► ↩ is a shortcut ctrl F3 followed by arrow keys and then enter.

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