Tip | Hotkeys and shortcut keys in Q-SYS Designer

Learn how to use hotkeys and shortcut keys to increase efficiency while designing with Q-SYS Designer.

Updated at June 8th, 2023


First press the F1 key or go to help menu and select help.  
Then select the search using the term shortcuts.

Another way is to use your favorite search engine and use the search string of  "Shortcuts site:q-syshelp.qsc.com"

Below are the results:



Align Left

Ctrl + L

Align Top

Ctrl + T

Align Bottom

Ctrl + B

Align Right

Ctrl + R

Pack Left

Ctrl + Shift + L

Pack Top

Ctrl + Shift + T

Pack Bottom

Ctrl + Shift + B

Pack Right

Ctrl + Shift + R


Ctrl + G


Ctrl + Shift + G

Bring to Front

Ctrl + ]

Send to Back

Ctrl + [

Select multiple objects one at a time

Ctrl + click (or Shift + click)

Deselect objects one at a time when you have multiple objects selected

Ctrl + click

Constrain movement to one axis

Hold the Shift key while moving an object

Make a copy

Hold the Alt key, grab and drag an object

Disable the snap-guides

Hold the Control key while moving an object

Create a Signal Link

Press the Space bar while dragging wires from a Component

Create a label for the Component

Start typing while a single Component is selected

Orthogonal routing

Click and drag on a wire to create a break-point

Select objects without encompassing the entire object

Drag a box from right to left to intersect the objects

Select only the objects you completely encompass

Drag a box from left to right to encompass entire objects

Select objects without encompassing the entire object

Hold the Alt key and drag a box from left to right to intersect the objects

Select only connector pins on the right side of a component

Hold the Alt key and drag a box from right to left to select the pins you want to select.

Connect multiple wires at one time

Select the pins you want to connect. Grab one of the selected pins and drag to connecting component. You can select different types of pins, for example audio and control, but the other component(s) must have the equivalent pins to connect to.

Create multiple output Signal Names

Select the output pins you want to connect with Signal Names. Type a name, for example "pin", then press Enter. The pins you selected are numbered "pin 1" to "pin x".

Connect multiple output Signal Names to inputs.

After creating multiple output Signal Names, select the output Signal Names, press Ctrl + C then select an equal number of input pins and press Ctrl + V.



Individual Controls


Copy settings of a control or controls

Select the controls to copy, press Ctrl + C.

Select the controls to copy to, press Ctrl + V

If the control is a button, press and hold Ctrl, then select the button.

Set multiple controls at the same time

Select the controls you want to set. They must be the same type of control. Then set one of the selected controls - the others follow.

Q-SYS Designs


New Design

Ctrl + N

Open a design

Ctrl + O

Save the current design

Ctrl + S

Check Design

Shift + F6

Save to Core & Run




Disconnect from the Core







Ctrl + X


Ctrl + C


Ctrl + V




Ctrl + D

Select All

Ctrl + A


Ctrl + Z


Ctrl + Y


Ctrl + F

Editing in Run or Emulate Mode


Copy / Paste Control Settings

Must be in run or emulate mode. Must copy to the same type of component as the source component. Not all settings copy over. For example, if you copy from an Audio Player while a file is playing, the time fields do not copy to the target component. After copying the settings, you cannot undo the paste - Ctrl-Z does not work.

Select the component, right click , choose the active copy icon. Select the target component, right click, choose the active paste icon. All control settings are copied to the target component.