Tip #1514: Tilde Key Secrets

… for Apple Final Cut Pro X

Tip #1514: Tilde Key Secrets

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

Tilde overrides connections between clips.

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The Tilde key (~) has two very useful – but obscure – functions in Final Cut Pro. Let me illustrate.

NOTE: The Tilde key is located immediately below the ESC key at the top left corner of the keyboard.

First, press Cmd + ~ to hide or display the Library list (called the “Sidebar”) to the left of the Browser.

Second, when you have audio connected to a clip in the Primary Storyline – for example, narration or a music clip – when you drag the clip in the Primary Storyline, all the clips attached to it move as well.

But, when tilde is pressed, the Primary Storyline clip moves without moving any of the connected clips.

The tilde key “overrides” connections, which is a very useful shortcut to know.

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9 replies
  1. Stefan Sonnekus
    Stefan Sonnekus says:

    The tilde key also works when deleting clips from the primary storyline. Usually any video/audio clips connected to a clip you delete, will be deleted as well, but if you hold down the tilde key when you press delete, the connected clips will remain in place in relation to the primary storyline. The clips to the right (i.e. coming after the clip you’ve deleted) on the primary storyline will then move to the left to fill the gap and the connected clip/s will then be connected to the clip/s that have filled the position of the clip/s deleted from the primary storyline.

  2. Alex Ragen
    Alex Ragen says:

    The location of the tilde key is different for non-US keyboards, as I’m sure you’re aware. It would be useful if you would include a note to that effect.
    Thanks, Alex

    • Larry Jordan
      Larry Jordan says:


      Nope. I wasn’t aware of this – all my keyboards are US English only. Thanks for letting me know.



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