In this article, we are going to talk about how to set up hotkeys in Streamlabs Desktop. Hotkeys allow you to quickly perform various functions within the software without disrupting your stream's flow. With hotkeys, you can switch scenes, start recording, mute your mic, and so much more. Plus, if you have a console for content creators, such as a Loupedeck or Streamdeck, you can use these hotkeys to streamline live streaming and recording via Streamlabs Desktop and post-production editing.
P.S. You can read more about how the newly improved Streamlabs Desktop plugin for Loupedeck can improve your live stream in our handy guide.
What Are Hotkeys?
Hotkeys allow you to assign specific keys or a combination of keys to perform certain actions while live streaming and recording. There are hundreds of functions you can assign to hotkeys that can be utilized natively in Streamlabs Desktop or with the help of a device such a Loupedeck.
Hotkeys functionality includes basic actions like starting or stopping your stream, muting your mic, saving a replay, skipping alerts, etc. You can get even more in-depth by assigning hotkeys to scenes and markers. For example, in your “Live” scene, you can assign a hotkey to hide or show your alert box, display capture, or any other source within that scene.
How to Configure Your Hotkeys
- First, open Streamlabs Desktop.
- Next, click on the Settings cog.
- Find the option that says Hotkeys and click on the option.
- Now, you’ll see the hotkeys menu with various functions available to you to add hotkeys.
As you scroll down, you will see options to add hotkeys for each of your Scenes and Sources. Additionally, with the Streamlabs Desktop bookmarking feature you can program hotkeys to create a video marker or timestamp with a custom title to make editing recorded live streams simple.
We recommend you make your hotkeys a combination of at least two or more keys. This will ensure you don’t accidentally trigger another action from a separate application.
Configure Your Streamlabs Desktop Hotkeys with Loupedeck
If you’re looking to streamline your live streaming process even further, setting up hotkeys in Streamlabs Desktop is your first step. The next step is to customize the interface of your Loupedeck device to control your live stream via Streamlabs Desktop. The possibilities with this device are endless—check out our comprehensive Streamlabs x Loupedeck integration guide to learn how to get started.
We hope this quick tutorial helps you create a better, more-professional looking live stream.
You can download Streamlabs Desktop here.