Using hotkeys in Streamlabs OBS

Hotkeys (or shortcuts) are a convenient way of managing your stream in Strealabs OBS – allowing you to switch scenes or change settings without while still concentrating on your main task. In this guide, we’ll explain how to configure your hotkeys.

Why use hotkeys

Hotkeys are an important way of managing your video stream, allowing you to switch between scenes without needing to manually click to change. This can be important in enabling seamless transitions while allowing you to concentrate on the game or presentation that you are broadcasting. 

Configuring hotkeys in Streamlabs OBS

Open up settings

The first step is to open up settings by clicking the gear button at the bottom left corner of Streamlabs. 

Configuring the hotkeys

Once you have entered the setting manager, you can configure the hotkeys by:

  1. Select ‘Hotkeys’ on the left toolbar
  2. Find the scene (or another item) that you want to move to or toggle on and select a key
  3. If you need to delete a hotkey, click the ‘-‘ symbol. (click delete or backspace will result in those keys been entered as the hotkey). 

 

Things to be aware of with hotkeys

It is important to be aware that the hotkeys are active even when you have not got Streamlabs in focus (i.e., if it is a background application).

This is important since it allows you to use the hotkey that you have selected, even if Streamlabs is not visible at the time. However, it does have the limitation that you need to be selective in the keys that you are selecting – do not select a key that you are likely to want to use as part of your regular activity (e.g., game or presentation), because otherwise when you use the key it will trigger the hotkey in Streamlabs. 

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