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Did you know there are lots of great tools for Final Cut Pro found right in the Tools Menu?  One of them being the Button Bars Function.  Every window of the Final Cut Pro interface has a Button Bar.  We can place buttons for just about any command in these button bars.  Buttons for the button bars are created from the Button List found in the Tools Menu.  The Button List is an index of every menu command in Final Cut Pro shown with corresponding keyboard shortcuts and button icons.  You can search through the commands grouped according to the menu in which they come from or in collections of relative items.

buttonlist.gifYou can also type the command into the search bar at the top of the Button List window.

Because each command is listed with a shortcut, the Button List works also as a great "command-to-shortcut" dictionary.  For example, you can't remember the shortcut for Overwrite.  Type Overwrite into the search bar, and your command will be displayed right along with the shortcut.

buttonlist2.gifOk, so once you've found the command you are looking for from the Button List, drag the command into any of the button bars in the interface.  (The button containers are located in the upper right corner of every window in the interface)

buttonbars.gifThe bar will open to receive the button as you drag it in.  Once a button is in a button bar, it can be further customized by right-clicking to show a shortcut menu with the options to change the button's color.

buttonbars2.gif You can remove a button or an entire button bar by right-clicking it and choose Remove > Button or Remove > All Buttons

buttonbars3.gifDon't forget you can save your Button Bars to your iDisk, so that when you are editing on someone else's computer, your preferences are right there at your fingertips!







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