Windows Movie Maker keyboard shortcuts

Shortcut keys are available for many of the commands in Windows Movie Maker. You can quickly accomplish common tasks by using shortcut keys. The general order of the keyboard shortcuts in the table is similar to the order of the menu commands on the File menu, then on the Edit menu, and so on. Most keyboard shortcuts have matching menu commands.

You can also use the command line to perform some tasks in Windows Movie Maker. Some command line commands are listed in the second table.

The following table provides the keyboard shortcuts you can use in Windows Movie Maker.

Windows Movie Maker keyboard shortcuts

To do this Use this keyboard shortcut
To do this

Create a new project

Use this keyboard shortcut

CTRL+N

To do this

Open an existing project

Use this keyboard shortcut

CTRL+O

To do this

Save a project

Use this keyboard shortcut

CTRL+S

To do this

Save a project with a new name

Use this keyboard shortcut

F12

To do this

Publish a movie

Use this keyboard shortcut

CTRL+P

To do this

Import video from a digital video camera

Use this keyboard shortcut

CTRL+R

To do this

Import an existing digital media file

Use this keyboard shortcut

CTRL+I

To do this

Undo the last action

Use this keyboard shortcut

CTRL+Z

To do this

Redo the last undone action

Use this keyboard shortcut

CTRL+Y

To do this

Cut

Use this keyboard shortcut

CTRL+X

To do this

Copy

Use this keyboard shortcut

CTRL+C

To do this

Paste

Use this keyboard shortcut

CTRL+V

To do this

Delete

Use this keyboard shortcut

DELETE

To do this

Select all clips

Use this keyboard shortcut

CTRL+A

To do this

Rename a collection or clip

Use this keyboard shortcut

F2

To do this

Clear the storyboard/timeline

Use this keyboard shortcut

CTRL+DELETE

To do this

Switch between the storyboard and the timeline

Use this keyboard shortcut

CTRL+T

To do this

Zoom in on the timeline

Use this keyboard shortcut

PAGE DOWN

To do this

Zoom out on the timeline

Use this keyboard shortcut

PAGE UP

To do this

Zoom the timeline to fit on the screen

Use this keyboard shortcut

F9

To do this

Expand the Video track when it is selected in the timeline

Use this keyboard shortcut

+

To do this

Collapse the Video track when it is selected in the timeline

Use this keyboard shortcut

-

To do this

Add selected clips to the storyboard/timeline

Use this keyboard shortcut

CTRL+D

To do this

Play video in full screen

Use this keyboard shortcut

ALT+ENTER

To do this

Set start trim point

Use this keyboard shortcut

I

To do this

Set end trim point

Use this keyboard shortcut

O

To do this

Clear trim points

Use this keyboard shortcut

U

To do this

Select clip trim handle

Use this keyboard shortcut

ALT+SHIFT+UP/DOWN ARROW

To do this

Trim clip edge left

Use this keyboard shortcut

ALT+SHIFT+LEFT ARROW

To do this

Trim clip edge right

Use this keyboard shortcut

ALT+SHIFT+RIGHT ARROW

To do this

Split a clip

Use this keyboard shortcut

M

To do this

Combine contiguous clips

Use this keyboard shortcut

N

To do this

Nudges clip to the left

Use this keyboard shortcut

CTRL+SHIFT+B

To do this

Nudges clip to the right

Use this keyboard shortcut

CTRL+SHIFT+N

To do this

Play or pause clip

Use this keyboard shortcut

K

To do this

Stop playback on the storyboard/timeline

Use this keyboard shortcut

CTRL+K

To do this

Play content on the storyboard/timeline

Use this keyboard shortcut

CTRL+W

To do this

Rewind and go to the beginning of the storyboard/timeline

Use this keyboard shortcut

CTRL+Q

To do this

Back

Use this keyboard shortcut

CTRL+ALT+LEFT ARROW

To do this

Forward

Use this keyboard shortcut

CTRL+ALT+RIGHT ARROW

To do this

Previous frame

Use this keyboard shortcut

J

To do this

Next frame

Use this keyboard shortcut

L

To do this

Display Help topics

Use this keyboard shortcut

F1

To do this

Select previous item (on a timeline track, on the storyboard, or in the Contents pane)

Use this keyboard shortcut

LEFT ARROW

To do this

Select next item (on a timeline track, on the storyboard, or in the Contents pane)

Use this keyboard shortcut

RIGHT ARROW

To do this

Select item above (on a timeline track or in the Contents pane)

Use this keyboard shortcut

UP ARROW

To do this

Select item below (on a timeline track or in the Contents pane)

Use this keyboard shortcut

DOWN ARROW

To do this

Go to the first item (on a timeline track, on the storyboard, or in the Contents pane)

Use this keyboard shortcut

HOME

To do this

Go to the last item (on a timeline track, on the storyboard, or in the Contents pane)

Use this keyboard shortcut

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The following table provides the commands you can use from the Run command for Windows Movie Maker.

Task Command Example
Task

Import a file into Windows Movie Maker

Command

moviemk.exe " drive letter :\ folder name \ file name.file name extension "

Example

moviemk.exe "C:\OurTrip\Ellen Swimming.jpg"

Task

Open a project file

Command

moviemk.exe " drive letter :\ folder name \ file name .mswmm"

Example

moviemk.exe "C:\Birthday\Birthday Video.mswmm"

Note

  • To start Windows Movie Maker by using the Run command, click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, and then click Run. In the Open box, type one of the commands described in the table of Windows Movie Maker commands.