Window management

  • 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 Console.

Selecting a patch cord or objects and patch cords

  • 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.

Toggling patch cords above or below objects in an unlocked Patcher

  • While a Patcher is unlocked, press U to toggle whether patch cords that cross over objects are displayed above (in front of) or below (behind) objects. If patch cords are above objects, this affects Operate While Unlocked mode, as cords can now be selected.

Inserting or removing objects from a patch cord

  • Shift-drag (Macintosh) an object and hover its inlet on a patch cord. The object will be inserted at that point in the patchcord.
  • Shift-drag a connected object to remove it and 'heal' the connection around it.

Moving Max objects in the Patcher window

  • Click on any object in an unlocked Patcher window to select it. Use the arrow keys to move a selected object. It will move in any direction by 1 pixel or the default value if you have chosen Snap To Grid from the Options menu.
  • To temporarily disable alignment guides and Snap to Grid when moving objects, click on any object(s) in an unlocked Patcher window to select, then hold down the Command key (Macintosh) or Control key (Windows) while dragging the object(s).

Duplicating objects

  • 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.

Using user interface objects in an unlocked Patcher window

  • 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.).
  • Note: You can operate user interface objects in an unlocked Patcher window if you enable the Operate While Unlocked mode.

Presentation Mode shortcuts

  • Option-command-E (Macintosh) or Alt-control-E (Windows) will toggle between Patching and Presentation Modes.

Viewing help files and reference pages

  • Option-click (Macintosh) or Alt-click (Windows) on an object box in an unlocked Patcher window to view an object’s help file.

Object editing shortcuts

  • 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.

Inspector shortcuts

  • Position your cursor on the left edge of the object, and use the Object action menu 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.

Finding all instances of a send, receive or value object

  • 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.

See Also

Name Description
Technical Notes Technical Notes
The Max Environment The Max Environment