Keyboard Shortcuts

Some features only available with SCS-Standard and/or higher license levels.

Various SCS commands are available using the keyboard. Most of these are configurable - see Options and Settings - Shortcuts for details. The table below explains just some the keyboard shortcuts, assuming the default keyboard assignments.

Tip: Key presses are sent by Windows to the program window that currently has focus (if any). So if you've accessed another program or system pop-up and then closed that program or pop-up, focus will not necessarily be reset to the SCS main window. If you don't realize that when you next press a key for SCS (eg the space bar to start a cue, or a hot key), then SCS does nothing because it didn't receive the keypress event from Windows.

To warn you about this, SCS displays a warning in the status line of the main window if the main window loses focus. SCS checks every 5 seconds (sometimes more often) to see if the main window has focus, and if not then a warning message is displayed in the status line. Just left-click on the warning message to re-establish focus on that window.

This is primarily to assist you during performances. Checking for focus every 5 seconds is canceled if you use the Editor or the Options screen. Checking for focus is reinstated the next time you start SCS.


Default Key



General commands


'Go' Button

Start the next cue


Stop All

'Panic button' - stops all cues immediately.

Shift + Esc

Fade All

Similar to Stop All but fades out cues rather then stopping them immediately. The default fade time is 1 second, but that can be changed in General Options.

Ctrl + U

Pause/Resume All

Pauses (or Resumes) all playing cues.

Master Fader

Num Pad Add

Master Fader Up

Increase the overall level.

Num Pad Subtract

Master Fader Down

Decrease the overall level.

Num Pad Multiple

Master Fader Reset

Reset the Master Fader to the original level (shown by the white pointer).

Shift + Num Pad Subtract

Master Fader Mute

Mute/Unmute all outputs.

Change Levels Of Playing Cues

Shift + F11

Decrease levels of playing cues.

Shift + F12

Increase levels of playing cues.

Ctrl + F11

Decrease level of last playing cue (no action if the last playing cue has completed)

Ctrl + F12

Increase level of last playing cue (no action if the last playing cue has completed)

Save Settings

Shift + F10

Save Settings (all Cues)

Equivalent of the 'Save Settings' menu item 'Save Level/Pan for all above Cues'.

Cue List Navigation

Up Arrow

Cue List Up One Row

Go up one row in the cue list. Note that this is not necessarily the same as the 'Go Back' navigation item, as 'Go Back' will go back to the previous manual-start cue.

Down Arrow

Cue List Down One Row

Go down one row in the cue list. Note that this is not necessarily the same as the 'Go To Next' navigation item, as 'Go To Next' will go to the next manual-start cue.

Page Up

Cue List Up One Page

Go up one page in the cue list.

Page Down

Cue List Down One Page

Go down one page in the cue list.


Cue List Top

Go to the top of the cue list, ie to the first cue.


Cue List End

Go to the 'End' line of the cue list.

Ctrl + Left Arrow

Previous Image

These two shortcuts are designed to allow you to easily step backwards and forwards thru a slideshow, especially where you have image cues set to 'continuous play', where the whole display of the slideshow is manually controlled.

If an image cue is being displayed when you use 'next image' or 'previous image', then SCS will reposition the cue list at the next or previous cue and play that cue. If an image cue is not being displayed when you use 'next image' or 'previous image', then SCS will reposition the cue list at the next or previous cue, but will not start that cue.

Although these shortcuts are designed for Image Cues, they work on all cue types.

Please note that currently these commands work at the cue-level, not the sub-cue level. So if you have multiple image sub-cues in a cue then using one of these functions will not go to the next or previous sub-cue but to the next or previous cue.

Ctrl + Right Arrow

Next Image

Other commands

Ctrl + Shift + A

Favorite File #1

Open file #1 in your Favorite Files list. Subsequent keys open subsequent Favorite Files, eg Ctrl + Shift + B will open Favorite File #2.

Ctrl + Shift + F1

Hotkey Bank 1

Select Hotkey Bank 1. Subsequent keys select subsequent Hotkey Banks, eg Ctrl + Shift + F2 selects Hotkey Bank 2. Note that there is no shortcut key to de-select the current Hotkey Bank, ie no shortcut key to select Hotkey Bank 0. Also, note that Ctrl + Shift + F10 will not work as this is used by Windows.

Ctrl + 9

Skip to previous cue marker

These two shortcuts can be used both in the Main Window and in the Editor to skip backwards and forwards through cue markers or cue points in Audio File Cues. For more information on these shortcuts, see the relevant 'tip' under Audio File Cue Points and Markers.

Note that the 9 and 0 (zero) in these defaults keys apply to the keys in the main part of keyboard, not to those on the numeric pad.

Ctrl + 0

Skip to next cue marker

Editor Transport Controls











Add an SCS Cue Marker

Not really a 'transport control', but pressing F7 while playing an Audio File Cue in the Editor will add an SCS Cue Marker at the current position. See SCS Cue Markers for more info.

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