Command-click (Macintosh) or Control-click (Windows) in any white space to lock or
unlock the Patcher window (if it is editable).
Option-click (Macintosh) or Alt-click (Windows) on a window's close box to close
all windows except the Max window.
Option-click (Macintosh) or Alt-click (Windows) on the close box of a window to
close all windows except the Max window.
You can use the up/down/left/right arrow keys to select object icons shown in the
Hitting the Return key will create an instance of the selected object.
The tab key will select categories of objects.
You can use the tab key to step through the tabs in the
Object Palette. Max will remember the tab that was visible
the last time you used the Object Palette and will display
it again. To select icons from the Object Palette, use the
arrow keys to switch to icon selection.
You can type the beginning of the name of an object in the
Object Palette to select it.
Option-click (Macintosh) or Alt-click (Windows) on the title bar of a subpatcher window.
A menu will appear that lets you bring any parent windows of the subpatcher
to the front. If the subpatcher is an abstraction, the bottom
item in the list opens the original patcher file for editing.
Option-drag (Macintosh) or Alt-drag (Windows) a rectangle around a patch
cord or set of patch cords and objects to select all the objects and patch
cords in the area you drag over.
Click on any object in an unlocked Patcher window to select it, and hold down
the Shift key while dragging the object. The selected object will be constrained
to move in only horizontally or vertically. If the object being dragged is connected to another object, shift-dragging will snap the object when the connection between the two objects is vertical.
Click on any object in an unlocked Patcher window to select it. Use the arrow keys
to move a selected object will move in any direction by 1 pixel or the default value
if you have chosen Snap To Grid from the Options menu.
Click on any object in an unlocked Patcher window to select them, then
Option-click (Macintosh) or Alt-click (Windows) on the object and drag to
duplicate the object.
Immediately after duplicating an object by choosing Duplicate from the Edit menu, you can use the mouse to move the duplicated object in any
direction from the original. Subsequent Duplicate commands will distribute the new objects with the same spacing.
Hold down the Command (Macintosh) or Control (Windows) key while clicking
on a user interface object (such as a number box, slider, or toggle). The
object will behave as though the Patcher window were locked (i.e. you can
toggle switches, set numbers, move faders, etc.).
Option-command-E (Macintosh) or Alt-control-E (Windows) will
toggle between Patching and Presentation Modes.
Option-click (Macintosh) or Alt-click (Windows) on
an object box in an unlocked Patcher window to view an object’s help file.
Hold down the Command (Macintosh) key or Control (Windows) key and
double-click on any coll or table object or subpatcher
in any unlocked patcher window to view its contents.
Position your cursor on the left edge of the object, and click on the
blue Inspector button when it appears to show the object Inspector.
You can select rows of the inspector with the up and down arrow keys, or type the first few letters of an attribute name to move to that row. Once a row has been selected, pressing the Return key will start editing the text of the attribute.
The Cut, Copy, and Paste keyboard shortcuts using the Command keys (Macintosh)
or the Control keys (Windows) work in the text fields of any object's Inspector window.
Double-click on a send, receive, or value object
to show a contextual menu that lists of all instances of these objects,
followed by the name of the patcher windows in which they are used. When you choose the desired instance from the menu, the patcher window will be opened (if necessary) and the object will be highlighted.