Often its the simple things that make me happy. Today, its a lovely little use for the arrow keys.
Live makes navigating the Arrangement View a lot like navigating the words in a text document. Once you’ve placed the cursor in the timeline, you can move back and forth one grid line at a time using the left and right arrow keys. But wait, let’s back up: first a little about placing the cursor.
To place the cursor (the orange line seen below), you have to either
click in an empty space in a track:
or, within a clip in an unfolded track:
or, Shift-Option(Alt)-click within a clip in a folded track:
Wherever the cursor is placed now becomes the playback location for the Arrangement. Want to play back from a few bars earlier or later? Just use the arrow keys to move wherever you want.
The cool thing is that now you can use all of those wicked keyboard shortcuts you learned when rocking Microsoft Word (or the like):
For example, use Shift-arrow keys to create selections:
You can also use Ctrl(PC) Option(Mac)-arrow keys to jump from one clip boundary to the next or Shift-Option-arrow keys to create selections from the cursor’s location to the clip boundary.