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Customize Buttons and Playback Controls in Adobe Premiere Pro

Andrew Devis

Follow this tip to customize the buttons and playback (transport) controls that appear in your Premiere Pro monitors.

If you’re not yet implementing shortcuts in your video editing, you’re likely reliant on the playback buttons that appear below the source and program monitors in the Premiere Pro editing interface.  In this post, you’ll learn how to customize these buttons, adding some features that aren’t in the default view or making the buttons disappear altogether.

To access the extra Premiere Pro buttons open the Editor by clicking on the bottom right of the monitor panel:

Premiere Pro Buttons

Choose which buttons you’d like to include in the visible playback controls.  If you’re not sure what each one does you can hover over any button in the Button Editor window and get a tool tip telling you what the button is and its corresponding keyboard shortcut.

Premiere Pro Buttons

If you’re a seasoned Premiere Pro editor you may already be using shortcuts for the majority of your editing work (if not, that should be your goal!).  If you’re using shortcuts you may not have any need for these playback buttons.  In this case, you can make the buttons disappear from the bottom of the Source Monitor and Project panel by clicking on this button:

Premiere Pro Panel Menu Button

At the bottom of the subsequent dropdown menu deselect “Show Transport Controls”  and the buttons will disappear.

Premiere Pro Controls

Are there any buttons you rely on that aren’t in the default view?
Let us know in the comments!