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Adobe Premiere Tools Panel (Toolbox)

Premiere ToolboxThe toolbox contains common tools used for editing clips in the timeline. Click on any of the buttons (or use the keyboard shortcuts) to select each tool. The default tool is the selection tool.

When you select a tool the mouse pointer will usually change to a new icon to represent the tool when held over the timeline panel. In some cases you can change the behaviour of a tool by holding down a modifier key such as the Shift key.

The tools are described below with links to more information.

Button Keyboard
Selection V Selection tool
The default tool, used to select clips in the timeline.
Track Select M Track Select tool
Select all clips on a track from a given point, or select multiple tracks.
Ripple Edit B Ripple Edit tool
Adjust an edit point and move other clips in the timeline to compensate.
Rolling Edit N Rolling Edit tool
Adjust an edit point between two clips without affecting the rest of the timeline.
Rate Stretch X Rate Stretch tool
Change the duration of a clip while simultaneously changing the speed to compensate.
Razor C Razor tool
Cut a clip (or multiple clips) into two clips.
Slip Y Slip tool
Move a clip's in and out points by the same amount simultaneously, so the rest of the timeline is not affected.
Slide U Slide tool
Move a clip back and forth in the timeline, while simultaneously adjusting adjacent clips to compensate.
Pen P Pen tool
Create control (anchor) points.
Hand H Hand tool
Drag the timeline view left and right.
Zoom Z Zoom tool
Click in the timeline to magnify the view, or drag and select a rectangular area to zoom into.

Note: If you ever wonder why your mouse clicks are resulting in unusual behaviour, check the tools panel to see which tool is selected. Sometimes you can accidentally select the wrong tool, especially by inadvertently using a keyboard shortcut.