Nikon DSLR Shortcut Keys to Quickly Reset Factory Settings and Format the Memory Card

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Nikon D7200

If you are using a Nikon DSLR camera, there are two important quick tricks made by Nikon as shortcuts keys.  There are two Nikon DSLR shortcut keys on the newest Nikon DSLR products to quickly reset factory settings and to format your memory card in the camera.

Reset Factory Settings Shortcut Keys on the Nikon DSLR Camera

To quickly factory settings reset a Nikon DSLR camera, find the two green dots. Both green dot buttons show you which button to push for restoring the camera settings as its initial settings when you bought it. Push the two buttons nearby the two green dots simultaneously as long as 2 seconds. Then, your Nikon DSLR camera will restore all of its settings to its initial condition (default settings).

For instance, on the Nikon D7200, the green dot buttons on the left side of the back of the camera and the other one is on the right side of the upper panel. Push both of them simultaneously for 2 seconds, then your D7200 camera will reset to its factory settings.

Nikon DSLR Shortcut Keys
Nikon d7200 reset factory settings shortcut keys

Meanwhile, on the Nikon D500 camera, both green buttons are located on the right and the left side of the top panel.

Nikon D500 Shortcut Keys
Nikon D500 reset factory settings shortcut keys

On the Nikon D5200, you will find them at the top side of the back panel of the camera.

Nikon D5200 factory reset shortcut keys
Nikon D5200 factory reset shortcut keys

Unfortunately, not all digital Nikon DSLR cameras have such green buttons. For example, Nikon D3200 does not support the Nikon DSLR shortcut keys like the newest products. The Nikon D3200 does not support a shortcut button like the newest Nikon DSLR shortcut keys. So, you need to go to the menu to reset to its factory settings.

How to Quickly Format the Memory Card in Nikon DSLR

You can also quickly format your memory card in Nikon DSLR camera using a shortcut button. But it’s only available in the middle-to-high class of Nikon DSLR cameras such as D7000 series and above. To do so, find a red button with a format signed on the body of your Nikon DSLR camera. For instance, the format shortcut key on Nikon D610 is available on the delete button and metering button as shown below:

For instance, the format shortcut key on Nikon D610 is available on the delete button and metering button as shown below:

Nikon D610 format memory card buttons
The buttons on Nikon D610 to format memory card

To format the memory card, push the both [Format] marked buttons simultaneously for 2 seconds until it says “For” on the top LCD panel. But make sure you do it when the memory card is in ON position. Then release the keys and let the “For” article remains on the LCD panel.

Shortly after that, push both buttons again until the For article is missing which means your memory card has been formatted and all the photos have been deleted.

Finally, this quick Nikon DSLR shortcut keys tricks may be helpful to improve your photography skills if you are a photographer who just bought a recent Nikon DSLR camera. If you have something to comment to ask or to add the tricks, you may leave a comment below.

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