To all you speed demons, it may surprise you to know that a number of ACDSee commands have predefined keyboard shortcuts. These exist in Manage and View mode. This is to help you work quickly and efficiently, and to feel awesome as you look like a genius from a 90s hacker movie. I’m serious ā€” the more you can get done using only the keyboard, the more people assume that you’re on top of things, a master, a ninja, etc. If the predefined presets aren’t enough for you and you want to maximize how little you have to touch your mouse, you can assign keyboard shortcuts to more commands. Or, if one of the existing shortcuts just doesn’t feel right to you/is cramping your style, you can assign a different keyboard shortcut as desired.

Some commands, such as Open and Copy, are available in both Manage mode and View mode. You can use the same keyboard shortcut for these commands in Manage mode and the View mode, or you can define different shortcuts.

So if you want to customize keyboard shortcuts, access the customize panel one of the following ways:

  • In Manage mode, click View | Toolbars, and then select Customize.
  • In Manage mode, click the drop-down arrow, located to the right of the Main toolbar or File List toolbar, and then select Customize.


  • In View mode, click the drop-down arrow, located to the right of the bottom toolbar, select Add or Remove Buttons, and then select Customize.


In the Customize dialog box, click the Keyboard tab. From the Category drop-down menu, select a menu item, like File, Edit, or View. When you select a menu item, the command associated with that item will show up in the Commands list box. This is where you select the command that you want to assign a shortcut. If a command has a shortcut already assigned to it, it will display in the Current Keys box.


If a keyboard shortcut has not been defined for that command, the Current Keys box will be empty.

If you want to remove an existing keyboard shortcut, select the keyboard shortcut in the Current Keys box, and then click the Remove button.

If you want to assign a shortcut to a command, make sure you have the command selected in the Commands box. In the Press New Shortcut Key field, type in the shortcut you would like. Text under the field will let you know if the keyboard shortcut you’re trying to assign is already being used by another process or available.


When you find a combination that works, click the Assign button.

If you’re feeling like you just need to wipe the slate clean, you can remove all custom keyboard shortcuts and restore the default keyboard shortcuts by clicking the Reset All button.

Click Close and you’re done. Now you know you can have your looking-cool-and-being-efficient cake and eat it too!

  1. Chuck Comstock says:

    How about customizing keyboard shortcuts in Develop and Edit modes?

    • Chuckles says:

      Or, how about some keyboard shortcuts period in Develop and Edit modes…

    • acdsystemsit says:

      Hi Chuck,
      Excellent question. There are definitely keyboard shortcuts in Develop and Edit mode, but it looks like they aren’t customizable. I think this is because of how they are implemented in the application ā€” they’re just not so easily changed. If you would like to see what Develop and Edit mode keyboard shortcuts are available, open the help contents (Help | Help Contents), and use the table of contents on the left to navigate to Shortcuts | Develop and Edit Mode Keyboard Shortcuts. Have a great week!

      • Chuckles says:

        Well, it’s good to know that Develop and Edit modes have at least some shortcuts, but boy they could sure use some more. Or, allow customization. I suspect that almost everyone does some cropping, for example. Where is that R shortcut? Oh, well, I still like your interface better than Lightroom, even with the dearth of keyboard shortcuts…

  2. acdsystemsit says:

    I’ll pass on that comment to the developers. You never know what they might be able to do. Thanks for your response. šŸ™‚

    • andysomos says:

      While on the topic of the Edit Mode for the Pro applic. There’s a design flaw: the principal window containing the list of editing options: It is SO unnecessarily wide and takes away SO much area from the actual image itself.

      Please pass my request on to the application designers. Thanks


      • acdsystemsit says:

        Hi Andy,
        Thanks for the feedback. I will definitely pass that along to them. In the meantime, a workaround may be to undock the pane and resize it to smaller while it’s floating. You could also move it to a second monitor, if available.
        Hope your Monday is going well! šŸ™‚

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