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The Tool palette in Final Cut Pro has a few hidden gems that many people don't realize are there.  One in particular is the Hand Tool.  From the Tool Palette in the third from the bottom tool tray you can select the Hand Tool, or turn it on with the H key on the keyboard.

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What the Hand Tool does is that it allows you to move the canvas around the viewing area of the canvas when it is zoomed in.  If you don't use the Hand Tool when zoomed in you will have to use the zoom sliders individually.  If you try to move the Canvas when the Hand Tool is not turned on, when you try to move the Canvas within the viewing area, you will actually move the top layer if the Image & Wireframe is turned on.  If Image & Wireframe is not on, nothing will happen.

The Hand Tool allows you to move the Timeline back and forth within a sequence, if you have a Mighty Mouse, you can achieve the same function by rolling the scroll wheel left and right.

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