3 Tutorial

3.3 Hotkeys

Hotkeys are key combinations, which are bound to certain actions. When talking about hotkeys in Soundpad, then always global hotkeys are meant. Global means, that those key combinations are recognized even if Soundpad is not the active window.

Hotkeys can be
  • single keys, e.g. F1, S, Enter
  • key combinations consisting of one or more modifiers and a key, e.g. Ctrl+G, Alt+Shift+S
  • mouse clicks, e.g. Mouse Mid, Mouse 4
  • modifiers and mouse clicks, e.g. Ctrl+Mouse Left
  • modifiers and numpad, e.g. Alt+123
Modifiers are Ctrl, Alt, Shift, Win.

3.3.1 Setting hotkeys

You have two options to set hotkeys:

  1. Right click a sound and select Set hotkey from the context menu
  2. Double click on the hotkey column of the sound.
    Hotkey init

The hotkey dialog will appear:

Hotkey init

Now you can press the key combination, you'd like to assign to the sound.

There are some predefined shortcuts to allow an easier and faster workflow.
  • Esc: Close the dialog without changes.
  • Enter: Close the dialog and save changes.
  • Del: Remove hotkey.
  • Backspace: Remove hotkey.

3.3.2 Removing hotkeys

Do one of the following to remove a hotkey from a sound:

  • Right click a sound and select Remove hotkey from the context menu.
  • Double click the hotkey column of the sound to open the hotkey dialog and
    • Click on the X-button next to the input field
    • Press Backspace
    • Press Del.
  • Set the same hotkey on another sound.

3.3.3 List hotkeys

To show all the hotkeys, which you defined for your sounds, sort the sound list by hotkey in descending order. You can do so by clicking on the Hotkey column two times.
To restore the previous sort order select EditUndo from the menu twice.

3.3.4 Mouse hotkeys

You may define mouse click hotkeys. Single left or right click hotkeys are not permitted, because they can lead to a very unpleasent experience. But you can use them in combination with modifiers like Ctrl+Mouse Left.

3.3.5 Special hotkeys

You can define some special hotkeys at File ▷ Preferences ▷ Hotkeys.
Special hotkeys can't be overwritten when you define hotkeys for sounds.

Special hotkeys can be used to do the following actions:
  • Stop playback
  • Start playback
  • Pause/resume playback
  • Play previous file
  • Play next file
  • Select previous file
  • Select next file
  • Play selected file
  • Play random file
  • Start recording
  • Stop recording
  • Jump back by a configurable amount of seconds
  • Jump forward by a configurable amount of seconds
  • Lower speakers volume by a configurable value
  • Raise speakers volume by a configurable value
  • Set speakers volume to a certain value
  • Mute speakers
  • Set play mode to default (speakers and microphone)
  • Set play mode to speakers
  • Set play mode to microphone
  • Switch to next play mode
  • Enable Auto Keys
  • Disable Auto Keys
  • Toggle Auto Keys

3.3.6 Numpad hotkeys

Numpad hotkeys are really powerful. They make it possible to define an incredibly large amount of hotkeys.

While default hotkeys, like every single key and every possible combination with modifiers, allow you to define many hotkeys, they are still very limited and may also conflict with predefined system hotkeys.

How do they work? - You press and hold a modifier, e.g. Alt as it is predefined, then you type an arbitrary number on your numpad and release the modifier. E.g. Alt+123 or Alt+55.

Numpad hotkeys can be enabled at File ▷ Preferences ▷ Hotkeys ▷ Numpad Hotkeys.

Numpad hotkeys can't be used as special hotkeys.
If you assigned Alt+Num1 or Alt+Num2 and similar hotkeys to sounds while the numcode option was disabled, and then enable the numcode option afterwards, then those conflicting hotkey assignments are removed from the sounds.


You can enable this option at File ▷ Preferences ▷ Hotkeys ▷ Numpad Hotkeys. Furthermore, you can specify, which modifier(s) you want to use. Now you can define Numcode hotkeys for particular sounds.


Every entry in the sound list has an index according to its row. If you don't want to set up hotkeys for each and every sound, you can enable Index hotkeys at File ▷ Preferences ▷ Hotkeys ▷ Numpad Hotkeys. Define the modifier(s) you want to use. Now you can press and hold the modifier and type a number on your numpad. After releasing the modifier, the sound with the index equivalent to your entered number will be played.

3.3.7 Advanced options

Pass hotkeys

The default behavior, when using global hotkeys, is to block the hotkey upon recognition.
Let's say you defined Ctrl+X for a sound. Ctrl+X is the system wide hotkey to cut selected elements, like files or text, on any Windows system. Now, if you select a file in your file explorer and press Ctrl+X, then Soundpad will recognize it, play the associated sound and block further hotkey processing. Your file explorer won't receive the Ctrl+X anymore and your file stays untouched.

By enabling Pass hotkeys the default behavior is changed. Staying with the above mentioned example this means, that Soundpad won't block the hotkey, Ctrl+X will be processed by your file explorer and the selected file gets cut.