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General (keyboard shortcuts)

Result Select all Deselect all Rename selected layer, composition, folder, effect, group, or mask Open selected layer, composition, or footage item Move selected layers, masks, effects, or render items down (back) or up (forward) in stacking order Move selected layers, masks, effects, or render items to bottom (back) or top (front) of stacking order Extend selection to next item in Project panel, Render Windows Ctrl+A F2 or Ctrl+Shift+A Enter on main keyboard Mac OS Command+A F2 or Command+Shift+A Return

Enter on numeric keypad

Enter on numeric keypad

Ctrl+Alt+Down Arrow or Ctrl+Alt+Up Arrow

Command+Option+Down Arrow or Command+Option+Up Arrow

Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Down Arrow or Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Up Arrow

Command+Option+Shift+Down Arrow or Command+Option+Shift+Up Arrow

Shift+Down Arrow

Shift+Down Arrow

Result Queue panel, or Effect Controls panel Extend selection to previous item in Project panel, Render Queue panel, or Effect Controls panel Duplicate selected layers, masks, effects, text selectors, animators, puppet meshes, shapes, render items, output modules, or compositions Quit Undo Redo Purge all

Windows

Mac OS

Shift+Up Arrow

Shift+Up Arrow

Ctrl+D

Command+D

Ctrl+Q Ctrl+Z Ctrl+Shift+Z Ctrl+Alt+/ (on numeric keypad) Esc

Command+Q Command+Z Command+Shift+Z Command+Option+/ (on numeric keypad) Esc

Interrupt running a script

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Projects (keyboard shortcuts)


Result Windows Mac OS

Result New project

Windows Ctrl+Alt+N

Mac OS Command+Option+N

Open project

Ctrl+O

Command+O

Open most recent project

Ctrl+Alt+Shift+P

Command+Option+Shift+P

New folder in Project panel

Ctrl+Alt+Shift+N

Command+Option+Shift+N

Open Project Settings dialog box

Ctrl+Alt+Shift+K

Command+Option+Shift+K

Find in Project panel

Ctrl+F

Command+F

Cycle through color bit depths for project

Alt-click bit-depth button at bottom of Project panel

Option-click bit-depth button at bottom of Project panel

Result Open Project Settings dialog box

Windows Click bit-depth button at bottom of Project panel

Mac OS Click bit-depth button at bottom of Project panel

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Preferences (keyboard shortcuts)


Result Open Preferences dialog box Windows Ctrl+Alt+; (semicolon) Mac OS Command+Option+; (semicolon)

Restore default preferences settings

Hold down Ctrl+Alt+Shift while starting After Effects

Hold down Command+Option+Shift while starting After Effects

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Panels, viewers, workspaces, and windows (keyboard shortcuts)


Note: (Mac OS) Shortcuts involving function keys F9-F12 may conflict with shortcuts used by the operating system. See Mac OS Help for instructions to reassign Dashboard & Expose shortcuts. Result Open or close Project panel Open or close Render Queue panel Open or close Tools panel Open or close Info panel Windows Ctrl+0 Mac OS Command+0

Ctrl+Alt+0

Command+Option+0

Ctrl+1

Command+1

Ctrl+2

Command+2

Result Open or close Preview panel Open or close Audio panel Open or close Effects & Presets panel Open or close Character panel Open or close Paragraph panel Open or close Paint panel Open or close Brushes panel Open or close Effect Controls panel for selected layer Open Flowchart panel for project flowchart Switch to workspace

Windows Ctrl+3

Mac OS Command+3

Ctrl+4

Command+4

Ctrl+5

Command+5

Ctrl+6

Command+6

Ctrl+7

Command+7

Ctrl+8

Command+8

Ctrl+9

Command+9

F3 or Ctrl+Shift+T

F3 or Command+Shift+T

Ctrl+F11

Command+F11

Shift+F10, Shift+F11, or Shift+F12

Shift+F10, Shift+F11, or Shift+F12

Close active viewer or panel (closes content first)

Ctrl+W

Command+W

Result Close active panel or all viewers of type of active viewer (closes content first). For example, if a Timeline panel is active, this command closes all Timeline panels.

Windows Ctrl+Shift+W

Mac OS Command+Shift+W

Split the frame containing the active viewer and create a new viewer with opposite locked/unlocked state

Ctrl+Alt+Shift+N

Command+Option+Shift+N

Maximize or restore panel under pointer

` (accent grave)

` (accent grave)

Resize application window or floating window to fit screen. (Press again to resize window so that contents fill the screen.) Move application window or floating window

Ctrl+\ (backslash)

Command+\ (backslash)

Ctrl+Alt+\ (backslash)

Command+Option+\ (backslash)

Result to main monitor; resize window to fit screen. (Press again to resize window so that contents fill the screen.) Toggle activation between Composition panel and Timeline panel for current composition Cycle to previous or next item in active viewer (for example, cycle through open compositions) Cycle to previous or next panel in active frame (for example, cycle through open Timeline panels) Activate a view in a multi-view layout in the Composition panel without affecting layer selection

Windows

Mac OS

\ (backslash)

\ (backslash)

Shift+, (comma) or Shift+. (period)

Shift+, (comma) or Shift+. (period)

Alt+Shift+, (comma) or Alt+Shift+. (period)

Option+Shift+, (comma) or Option+Shift+. (period)

click with middle mouse button

click with middle mouse button

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Activating tools (keyboard shortcuts)


Note: You can activate some tools only under certain circumstances. For example, you can activate a camera tool only when the active composition contains a camera layer.

To momentarily activate a tool with a single-letter keyboard shortcut, hold down the key; release the key to return to the previously active tool. To activate a tool and keep it active, press the key and immediately release it. Result Cycle through tools Windows Alt-click tool button in Tools panel V Mac OS Option-click tool button in Tools panel

Activate Selection tool Activate Hand tool Temporarily activate Hand tool

Hold down spacebar or the middle mouse button. Z

Hold down spacebar or the middle mouse button.

Activate Zoom In tool Activate Zoom Out tool

Alt (when Zoom In tool is active) W

Option (when Zoom In tool is active)

Activate Rotation tool Activate Roto Brush tool Activate and cycle through Camera tools (Unified Camera, Orbit Camera,

Alt+W

Option+W

Result Track XY Camera, and Track Z Camera) Activate Pan Behind tool Activate and cycle through mask and shape tools (Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle, Ellipse, Polygon, Star) Activate and cycle through Type tools (Horizontal and Vertical) Activate and cycle through pen tools (Pen, Add Vertex, Delete Vertex, and Convert Vertex) (CS5.5, and earlier) Activate and cycle between the Pen and Mask Feather tools (CS6) Temporarily activate Selection tool when a

Windows

Mac OS

Ctrl+T

Command+T

Ctrl

Command

Result pen tool is selected Temporarily activate pen tool when the Selection tool is selected and pointer is over a path (Add Vertex tool when pointer is over a segment; Convert Vertex tool when pointer is over a vertex) Activate and cycle through Brush, Clone Stamp, and Eraser tools Activate and cycle through Puppet tools Temporarily convert Selection tool to Shape Duplication tool Temporarily convert Selection tool to Direct Selection tool

Windows

Mac OS

Ctrl+Alt

Command+Option

Ctrl+B

Command+B

Ctrl+P

Command+P

Alt (in shape layer)

Option (in shape layer)

Ctrl (in shape layer)

Command (in shape layer)

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Compositions and the work area (keyboard shortcuts)


Result New composition Open Composition Settings dialog box for selected composition Set beginning or end of work area to current time Set work area to duration of selected layers or, if no layers are selected, set work area to composition duration Open Composition MiniFlowchart for active composition Note: If you tap Shift several times without any intervening keystrokes, you may invoke a feature of your operating systems StickyKeys or Sticky Keys accessibility software. See your operating systems documentation for disabling this feature. Activate the most recently active composition that is in the same composition hierarchy (network of Windows Ctrl+N Mac OS Command+N

Ctrl+K

Command+K

B or N

B or N

Ctrl+Alt+ B

Command+Option+ B

Tap Shift

Tap Shift

Shift+Esc

Shift+Esc

Result nested compositions ) as the currently active composition

Windows

Mac OS

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Time navigation (keyboard shortcuts)


Result Go to specifi c time Go to beginni ng or end of work area Go to previou s or next visible item in time ruler (keyfra me, layer marker , work area beginni ng or end) Note: Also goes to beginning, end, or base frame of Roto Brush span if viewing Roto Brush in Layer panel. Go to beginni ng of compo sition, Home or Ctrl+Alt+Left Arrow Home or Command+Option+Le ft Arrow Windows Alt+Shift+J Mac OS Option+Shift+J

Shift+Home or Shift+End

Shift+Home or Shift+End

J or K

J or K

Result layer, or footage item Go to end of compo sition, layer, or footage item Go forwar d1 frame Go forwar d 10 frames Go backwa rd 1 frame Go backwa rd 10 frames Go to layer In point Go to layer Out point Go to previou s In point or Out point Go to next In

Windows

Mac OS

End or Ctrl+Alt+Righ t Arrow

End or Command+Option+Ri ght Arrow

Page Down or Ctrl+Right Arrow

Page Down or Command+Right Arrow

Shift+Page Down or Ctrl+Shift+Ri ght Arrow Page Up or Ctrl+Left Arrow

Shift+Page Down or Command+Shift+Righ t Arrow

Page Up or Command+Left Arrow

Shift+Page Up or Ctrl+Shift+Le ft Arrow I

Shift+Page Up or Command+Shift+Left Arrow

Ctrl+Alt+Shift +Left Arrow

Command+Option+Sh ift+Left Arrow

Ctrl+Alt+Shift

Command+Option+Sh

Result point or Out point Scroll to current time in Timeli ne panel

Windows +Right Arrow

Mac OS ift+Right Arrow

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Previews (keyboard shortcuts)


Result Start or stop standard preview RAM preview Windows spacebar Mac OS spacebar

0 on numeric keypad*

0 on numeric keypad* or Control+0 (zero) on main keyboard Shift+0 on numeric keypad* or Shift+Control+0 (zero) on main keyboard Command-click RAM Preview button or press Command+0 on numeric keypad*

RAM preview with alternate settings Save RAM preview

Shift+0 on numeric keypad*

Ctrl-click RAM Preview button or press Ctrl+0 on numeric keypad* Ctrl+Shiftclick RAM Preview button or press Ctrl+Shift+0 on numeric keypad* . (decimal point) on

Save RAM preview with alternate settings

Command+Shiftclick RAM Preview button or press Command+Shift+0 on numeric keypad*

Preview only

. (decimal point) on numeric keypad* or

Result audio, from current time Preview only audio, in work area

Windows numeric keypad*

Mac OS Control+. (period) on main keyboard

Alt+. (decimal point) on numeric keypad*

Option+. (decimal point) on numeric keypad* or Control+Option+. (period) on main keyboard Drag or Option-drag current-time indicator, depending on Live Update setting

Manually preview (scrub) video

Drag or Altdrag currenttime indicator, depending on Live Update setting Ctrl-drag current-time indicator

Manually preview (scrub) audio RAM preview number of frames specified by Alternate RAM Preview preferenc e (defaults to 5) Show current frame on video preview device Toggle Output Device preferenc e between Desktop Only and video

Command-drag current-time indicator

Alt+0 on numeric keypad*

Option+0 on numeric keypad* or Control+Option+0 (zero) on main keyboard

/ (on numeric keypad)

/ (on numeric keypad)

Ctrl+/ (on numeric keypad)

Command+/ (on numeric keypad)

Result preview device Take snapshot

Windows

Mac OS

Shift+F5, Shift+F6, Shift+F7, or Shift+F8 F5, F6, F7, or F8

Shift+F5, Shift+F6, Shift+F7, or Shift+F8

Display snapshot in active viewer Purge snapshot

F5, F6, F7, or F8

Ctrl+Shift+F5 , Ctrl+Shift+F6 , Ctrl+Shift+F7 , or Ctrl+Shift+F8

Command+Shift+F5 , Command+Shift+F6 , Command+Shift+F7 , or Command+Shift+F8

Note: Some shortcuts are marked with an asterisk (*) to remind you to make sure that Num Lock is on when you use the numeric keypad.
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Views (keyboard shortcuts)


Result Turn display color managem ent on or off for active view Show red, green, blue, or alpha channel as grayscale Show colorized red, green, or blue Windows Shift+/ (on numeric keypad) Mac OS Shift+/ (on numeric keypad)

Alt+1, Alt+2, Alt+3, Alt+4

Option+1, Option+2, Option+3, Option+4

Alt+Shift+1, Alt+Shift+2, Alt+Shift+3

Option+Shift+1, Option+Shift+2, Option+Shift+3

Result channel Toggle showing straight RGB color Show alpha boundary (outline between transpare nt and opaque regions) in Layer panel Show alpha overlay (colored overlay on transpare nt regions) in Layer panel Reset view in the Composit ion panel to 100% and center compositi on in the panel Zoom in in Composit ion, Layer, or Footage panel Zoom out

Windows

Mac OS

Alt+Shift+4

Option+Shift+4

Alt+5

Option+5

Alt+6

Option+6

Double-click Hand tool

Double-click Hand tool

. (period) on main keyboard

. (period) on main keyboard

, (comma)

, (comma)

Result in Composit ion, Layer, or Footage panel Zoom to 100% in Composit ion, Layer, or Footage panel Zoom to fit in Composit ion, Layer, or Footage panel Zoom up to 100% to fit in Composit ion, Layer, or Footage panel Set resolution to Full, Half, or Custom in Composit ion panel Open View Options dialog box for active Composit ion panel Zoom in time

Windows

Mac OS

/ (on main keyboard)

/ (on main keyboard)

Shift+/ (on main keyboard)

Shift+/ (on main keyboard)

Alt+/ (on main keyboard)

Option+/ (on main keyboard)

Ctrl+J, Ctrl+Shift+J, Ctrl+Alt+J

Command+J, Command+Shift+J, Command+Option+J

Ctrl+Alt+U

Command+Option+U

= (equal sign) on main

= (equal sign) on main keyboard

Result

Windows keyboard

Mac OS

Zoom out time

- (hyphen) on main keyboard ; (semicolon)

- (hyphen) on main keyboard

Zoom in Timeline panel to singleframe units (Press again to zoom out to show entire compositi on duration.) Zoom out in Timeline panel to show the entire compositi on duration (Press again to zoom back in to the duration specified by the Time Navigator .) Suspend image updates Show or hide safe zones Show or hide grid

; (semicolon)

Shift+; (semicolon)

Shift+; (semicolon)

Caps Lock

Caps Lock

' (apostrophe)

' (apostrophe)

Ctrl+' (apostrophe)

Command+' (apostrophe)

Result Show or hide proportio nal grid Show or hide rulers Show or hide guides Turn snapping to grid on or off Turn snapping to guides on or off Lock or unlock guides Show or hide layer controls

Windows Alt+' (apostrophe)

Mac OS Option+' (apostrophe)

Ctrl+R

Command+R

Ctrl+; (semicolon)

Command+; (semicolon)

Ctrl+Shift+' (apostrophe)

Command+Shift+' (apostrophe)

Ctrl+Shift+; (semicolon)

Command+Shift+; (semicolon)

Ctrl+Alt+Shi ft+; (semicolon) Ctrl+Shift+ H

Command+Option+S hift+; (semicolon)

Command+Shift+H

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Footage (keyboard shortcuts)


Result Import one file or image sequence Import multiple files or image sequences Open movie in an After Effects Windows Ctrl+I Mac OS Command+I

Ctrl+Alt+I

Command+Option +I

Alt-doubleclick

Option-doubleclick

Result Footage panel Add selected items to most recently activated compositio n Replace selected source footage for selected layers with footage item selected in Project panel Replace source for a selected layer

Windows

Mac OS

Ctrl+/ (on main keyboard)

Command+/ (on main keyboard)

Ctrl+Alt+/ (on main keyboard)

Command+Option +/ (on main keyboard)

Alt-drag footage item from Project panel onto selected layer Ctrl+Backspa ce

Option-drag footage item from Project panel onto selected layer

Delete a footage item without a warning Open Interpret Footage dialog box for selected footage item Remember footage interpretati on Edit selected footage item in

Command+Delete

Ctrl+Alt+G

Command+Option +G

Ctrl+Alt+C

Command+Option +C

Ctrl+E

Command+E

Result application with which its associated (Edit Original) Replace selected footage item Reload selected footage items Set proxy for selected footage item

Windows

Mac OS

Ctrl+H

Command+H

Ctrl+Alt+L

Command+Option +L

Ctrl+Alt+P

Command+Option +P

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Effects and animation presets (keyboard shortcuts)


Result Delete all effects from selecte d layers Apply most recentl y applied effect to selecte d layers Apply most recentl y applied Windows Ctrl+Shift+E Mac OS Command+Shift+E

Ctrl+Alt+Shif t+E

Command+Option+Shi ft+E

Ctrl+Alt+Shif t+F

Command+Option+Shi ft+F

Result animati on preset to selecte d layers

Windows

Mac OS

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Layers (keyboard shortcuts)


Note: Some operations do not affect shy layers. Result New solid layer New null layer New adjustment layer Select layer (1999) by its number (enter digits rapidly for two-digit and threedigit numbers) Toggle selection of layer (1-999) by its number (enter digits rapidly for two-digit and threedigit numbers) Select Windows Ctrl+Y Mac OS Command+Y

Ctrl+Alt+Sh ift+Y Ctrl+Alt+Y

Command+Option+S hift+Y Command+Option+ Y

0-9 on numeric keypad*

0-9 on numeric keypad*

Shift+0-9 on numeric keypad*

Shift+0-9 on numeric keypad*

Ctrl+Down

Command+Down

Result next layer in stacking order Select previous layer in stacking order Extend selection to next layer in stacking order Extend selection to previous layer in stacking order Deselect all layers Scroll topmost selected layer to top of Timeline panel Show or hide Parent column Show or hide Layer Switches and Modes columns Turn off all other solo switches

Windows Arrow

Mac OS Arrow

Ctrl+Up Arrow

Command+Up Arrow

Ctrl+Shift+ Down Arrow

Command+Shift+Do wn Arrow

Ctrl+Shift+ Up Arrow

Command+Shift+Up Arrow

Ctrl+Shift+ A X

Command+Shift+A

Shift+F4

Shift+F4

F4

F4

Alt-click solo switch

Option-click solo switch

Result Turn Video (eyeball) switch on or off for selected layers Turn off Video switch for all video layers other than selected layers Open settings dialog box for selected solid, light, camera, null, or adjustment layer Paste layers at current time Split selected layers (If no layers are selected, split all layers.) Precompo se selected layers Open Effect Controls panel for selected layers

Windows Ctrl+Alt+Sh ift+V

Mac OS Command+Option+S hift+V

Ctrl+Shift+ V

Command+Shift+V

Ctrl+Shift+ Y

Command+Shift+Y

Ctrl+Alt+V

Command+Option+ V

Ctrl+Shift+ D

Command+Shift+D

Ctrl+Shift+ C

Command+Shift+C

Ctrl+Shift+ T

Command+Shift+T

Result Open layer in Layer panel (opens source compositi on for precompos ition layer in Compositi on panel) Open source of a layer in Footage panel (opens precompos ition layer in Layer panel) Reverse selected layers in time Enable time remapping for selected layers Move In point or Out point of selected layers to current time Trim In point or Out point of selected layers to current time

Windows Double-click a layer

Mac OS Double-click a layer

Alt-doubleclick a layer

Option-double-click a layer

Ctrl+Alt+R

Command+Option+R

Ctrl+Alt+T

Command+Option+T

[ (left bracket) or ] (right bracket)

[ (left bracket) or ] (right bracket)

Alt+[ (left bracket) or Alt+] (right bracket)

Option+[ (left bracket) or Option+] (right bracket)

Result Add or remove expression for a property Add an effect (or multiple selected effects) to selected layers Set In point or Out point by timestretching Move In point of selected layers to beginning of compositi on Move Out point of selected layers to end of compositi on Lock selected layers Unlock all layers Set Quality to Best, Draft, or Wireframe for selected layers

Windows Alt-click stopwatch

Mac OS Option-click stopwatch

Double-click effect selection in Effects & Presets panel

Double-click effect selection in Effects & Presets panel

Ctrl+Shift+, (comma) or Ctrl+Alt+, (comma)

Command+Shift+, (comma) or Command+Option+, (comma)

Alt+Home

Option+Home

Alt+End

Option+End

Ctrl+L

Command+L

Ctrl+Shift+ L Ctrl+U, Ctrl+Shift+ U, or Ctrl+Alt+Sh ift+U

Command+Shift+L

Command+U, Command+Shift+U, Command+Option+S hift+U

Result Cycle forward or backward through blending modes for selected layers Find in Timeline panel

Windows Shift+ (hyphen) or Shift+= (equal sign) on the main keyboard

Mac OS Shift+ - (hyphen) or Shift+= (equal sign) on the main keyboard

Ctrl+F

Command+F

Note: Some shortcuts are marked with an asterisk (*) to remind you to make sure that Num Lock is on when you use the numeric keypad.
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Showing properties and groups in the Timeline panel (keyboard shortcuts)


Note: This table contains double-letter shortcuts (for example, LL). To use these shortcuts, press the letters in quick succession. Result Find in Timeline panel Toggle expansion of selected layers to show all properties Toggle expansion of property group and all child property groups to show all properties Show only Anchor Point property (for lights and Windows Ctrl+F Mac OS Command+F

Ctrl+` (accent grave)

Command+` (accent grave)

Ctrl-click triangle to the left of the property group name

Command-click triangle to the left of the property group name

Result cameras, Point Of Interest) Show only Audio Levels property Show only Mask Feather property Show only Mask Path property Show only Mask Opacity property Show only Opacity property (for lights, Intensity) Show only Position property Show only Rotation and Orientation properties Show only Scale property Show only Time Remap property Show only instances of missing effects

Windows

Mac OS

TT

TT

RR

RR

FF

FF

Result Show only Effects property group Show only mask property groups Show only Material Options property group Show only expressions Show only modified properties Show only paint strokes, Roto Brush strokes, and Puppet pins Show only audio waveform Show only properties with keyframes or expressions Show only selected properties and groups Hide property or group Add or remove

Windows E

Mac OS E

MM

MM

AA

AA

EE

EE

UU

UU

PP

PP

LL

LL

SS

SS

Alt+Shiftclick property or group name Shift+property or group

Option+Shiftclick property or group name Shift+property or group

Result property or group from set that is shown Add or remove keyframe at current time

Windows shortcut

Mac OS shortcut

Alt+property shortcut

Option+property shortcut

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Showing properties in the Effect Controls panel (keyboard shortcuts)


Result Toggle expansion of selected effects to show all properties Toggle expansion of property group and all child property groups to show all properties Windows Ctrl+` (accent grave) Mac OS Command+` (accent grave)

Ctrl-click triangle to the left of the property group name

Commandclick triangle to the left of the property group name

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Modifying layer properties (keyboard shortcuts)


Result Modify property value by default incremen ts Modify property value by 10x Windows Drag property value Mac OS Drag property value

Shift-drag property value

Shift-drag property value

Result default incremen ts Modify property value by 1/10 default incremen ts Open AutoOrientati on dialog box for selected layers Open Opacity dialog box for selected layers Open Rotation dialog box for selected layers Open Position dialog box for selected layers Center selected layers in view (modifies Position property to place anchor points of selected layers in

Windows

Mac OS

Ctrl-drag property value

Command-drag property value

Ctrl+Alt+O

Command+Alt+O

Ctrl+Shift+O

Command+Shift+O

Ctrl+Shift+R

Command+Shift+R

Ctrl+Shift+P

Command+Shift+P

Ctrl+Home

Command+Home

Result center of current view) Move selected layers 1 pixel at current magnific ation (Position) Move selected layers 10 pixels at current magnific ation (Position) Move selected layers 1 frame earlier or later Move selected layers 10 frames earlier or later Increase or decrease Rotation (Z Rotation) of selected layers by 1 Increase or decrease Rotation (Z Rotation)

Windows

Mac OS

arrow key

arrow key

Shift+arrow key

Shift+arrow key

Alt+Page Up or Alt+Page Down

Option+Page Up or Option+Page Down

Alt+Shift+Pa ge Up or Alt+Shift+Pa ge Down

Option+Shift+Page Up or Option+Shift+Page Down

+ (plus) or (minus) on numeric keypad

+ (plus) or - (minus) on numeric keypad

Shift++ (plus) or Shift+(minus) on numeric keypad

Shift++ (plus) or Shift+- (minus) on numeric keypad

Result of selected layers by 10 Increase or decrease Opacity (or Intensity for light layers) of selected layers by 1% Increase or decrease Opacity (or Intensity for light layers) of selected layers by 10% Increase Scale of selected layers by 1% Decrease Scale of selected layers by 1%

Windows

Mac OS

Ctrl+Alt++ (plus) or Ctrl+Alt+(minus) on numeric keypad

Control+Option++ (plus) or Control+Option+(minus) on numeric keypad

Ctrl+Alt+Shi ft++ (plus) or Ctrl+Alt+Shi ft+- (minus) on numeric keypad

Control+Option+Shift ++ (plus) or Control+Option+Shift +- (minus) on numeric keypad

Ctrl++ (plus) or Alt++ (plus) on numeric keypad Ctrl+(minus) or Alt+(minus) on numeric keypad Ctrl+Shift++ (plus) or Alt+Shift++ (plus) on numeric keypad Ctrl+Shift+(minus) or Alt+Shift+(minus) on

Command++ (plus) or Option++ (plus) on numeric keypad

Command+- (minus) or Option+- (minus) on numeric keypad

Increase Scale of selected layers by 10%

Command+Shift++ (plus) or Option+Shift++ (plus) on numeric keypad

Decrease Scale of selected layers by

Command+Shift+(minus) or Option+Shift+(minus) on numeric

Result 10%

Windows numeric keypad Shift-drag with Rotation tool

Mac OS keypad

Modify Rotation or Orientati on in 45 incremen ts Modify Scale, constrain ed to footage frame aspect ratio Reset Rotation to 0 Reset Scale to 100% Scale and repositio n selected layers to fit compositi on Scale and repositio n selected layers to fit compositi on width, preservin g image aspect ratio for each layer Scale and repositio n selected

Shift-drag with Rotation tool

Shift-drag layer handle with Selection tool

Shift-drag layer handle with Selection tool

Double-click Rotation tool

Double-click Rotation tool

Double-click Selection tool Ctrl+Alt+F

Double-click Selection tool

Command+Option+F

Ctrl+Alt+Shi ft+H

Command+Option+S hift+H

Ctrl+Alt+Shi ft+G

Command+Option+S hift+G

Result layers to fit compositi on height, preservin g image aspect ratio for each layer

Windows

Mac OS

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3D layers (keyboard shortcuts)


Note: (Mac OS) Shortcuts involving function keys F9-F12 may conflict with shortcuts used by the operating system. See Mac OS Help for instructions to reassign Dashboard & Expose shortcuts. Result Switc h to 3D view 1 (defau lts to Front) Switc h to 3D view 2 (defau lts to Custo m View 2) Switc h to 3D view 3 (defau lts to Active Camer a) Return to previo Windows F10 Mac OS F10

F11

F11

F12

F12

Esc

Esc

Result us view New light New camer a Move the camer a and its point of interes t to look at selecte d 3D layers With a camer a tool selecte d, move the camer a and its point of interes t to look at selecte d 3D layers With a camer a tool selecte d, move the camer a and

Windows

Mac OS

Ctrl+Alt+Shift +L Ctrl+Alt+Shift +C

Command+Option+Shi ft+L Command+Option+Shi ft+C

Ctrl+Alt+Shift +\

Command+Option+Shi ft+\

Ctrl+Shift+F

Command+Shift+F

Result its point of interes t to look at all 3D layers Turn Casts Shado ws proper ty on or off for selecte d 3D layers

Windows

Mac OS

Alt+Shift+C

Option+Shift+C

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Keyframes and the Graph Editor (keyboard shortcuts)


Note: (Mac OS) Shortcuts involving function keys F9-F12 may conflict with shortcuts used by the operating system. See Mac OS Help for instructions to reassign Dashboard & Expose shortcuts. Result Toggle between Graph Editor and layer bar modes Select all keyfram es for a property Select all visible keyfram es and propertie s Deselect Windows Shift+F3 Mac OS Shift+F3

Click property name

Click property name

Ctrl+Alt+A

Command+Option+A

Shift+F2 or

Shift+F2 or

Result all keyfram es, propertie s, and property groups Move keyfram e1 frame later or earlier Move keyfram e 10 frames later or earlier Set interpola tion for selected keyfram es (layer bar mode) Set keyfram e interpola tion method to hold or Auto Bezier Set keyfram e interpola tion method to linear or Auto Bezier Set keyfram

Windows Ctrl+Alt+Shi ft+A

Mac OS Command+Option+Sh ift+A

Alt+Right Arrow or Alt+Left Arrow

Option+Right Arrow or Option+Left Arrow

Alt+Shift+Ri ght Arrow or Alt+Shift+Le ft Arrow

Option+Shift+Right Arrow or Option+Shift+Left Arrow

Ctrl+Alt+K

Command+Option+K

Ctrl+Alt+H

Command+Option+H

Ctrl-click in layer bar mode

Command-click in layer bar mode

Ctrl+Altclick in layer

Command+Optionclick in layer bar

Result e interpola tion method to linear or hold Easy ease selected keyfram es Easy ease selected keyfram es in Easy ease selected keyfram es out Set velocity for selected keyfram es Add or remove keyfram e at current time (For property shortcuts , seeShow ing propertie s and groups in the Timeline panel (keyboar d shortcuts ).)

Windows bar mode

Mac OS mode

F9

F9

Shift+F9

Shift+F9

Ctrl+Shift+F 9

Command+Shift+F9

Ctrl+Shift+K

Command+Shift+K

Alt+property shortcut

Option+property shortcut

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Text (keyboard shortcuts)


Resul t New text layer Align select ed horizo ntal text left, center , or right Align select ed vertic al text top, center , or botto m Exten d or reduc e selecti on by one chara cter to right or left in horizo ntal text Exten d or reduc e selecti on by Windows Mac OS

Ctrl+Alt+Shift +T

Command+Option+Shi ft+T

Ctrl+Shift+L, Ctrl+Shift+C, or Ctrl+Shift+R

Command+Shift+L, Command+Shift+C, or Command+Shift+R

Ctrl+Shift+L, Ctrl+Shift+C, or Ctrl+Shift+R

Command+Shift+L, Command+Shift+C, or Command+Shift+R

Shift+Right Arrow or Shift+Left Arrow

Shift+Right Arrow or Shift+Left Arrow

Ctrl+Shift+Rig ht Arrow or Ctrl+Shift+Lef t Arrow

Command+Shift+Right Arrow or Command+Shift+Left Arrow

Resul t one word to right or left in horizo ntal text Exten d or reduc e selecti on by one line up or down in horizo ntal text Exten d or reduc e selecti on by one line to right or left in vertic al text Exten d or reduc e selecti on one word up or down in vertic al text

Windows

Mac OS

Shift+Up Arrow or Shift+Down Arrow

Shift+Up Arrow or Shift+Down Arrow

Shift+Right Arrow or Shift+Left Arrow

Shift+Right Arrow or Shift+Left Arrow

Ctrl+Shift+Up Arrow or Ctrl+Shift+Do wn Arrow

Command+Shift+Up Arrow or Command+Shift+Dow n Arrow

Resul t Exten d or reduc e selecti on by one chara cter up or down in vertic al text Select text from inserti on point to begin ning or end of line Move inserti on point to begin ning or end of line Select all text on a layer Select text from inserti on point to begin

Windows

Mac OS

Shift+Up Arrow or Shift+Down Arrow

Shift+Up Arrow or Shift+Down Arrow

Shift+Home or Shift+End

Shift+Home or Shift+End

Home or End

Home or End

Double-click text layer

Double-click text layer

Ctrl+Shift+Ho me or Ctrl+Shift+En d

Command+Shift+Hom e or Command+Shift+End

Resul t ning or end of text frame Select text from inserti on point to mous e click point In horizo ntal text, move inserti on point one chara cter left or right; one line up or down; one word left or right; or one paragr aph up or down In vertic al text, move inserti on point

Windows

Mac OS

Shift-click

Shift-click

Left Arrow or Right Arrow; Up Arrow or Down Arrow; Ctrl+Left Arrow or Ctrl+Right Arrow; or Ctrl+Up Arrow or Ctrl+Down Arrow

Left Arrow or Right Arrow; Up Arrow or Down Arrow; Command+Left Arrow or Command+Right Arrow; or Command+Up Arrow or Command+Down Arrow

Up Arrow or Down Arrow; Left Arrow or Right Arrow; Ctrl+Up Arrow or Ctrl+Down Arrow; or Ctrl+Left

Up Arrow or Down Arrow; Left Arrow or Right Arrow; Command+Up Arrow or Command+Down Arrow; or Command+Left Arrow or Command+Right

Resul t one chara cter up or down; one left or right; one word up or down; or one paragr aph left or right Select word, line, paragr aph, or entire text frame Turn All Caps on or off for select ed text Turn Small Caps on or off for select ed text Turn Super script on or off

Windows

Mac OS

Arrow or Ctrl+Right Arrow

Arrow

Double-click, triple-click, quadrupleclick, or quintuple-click with Type tool

Double-click, tripleclick, quadruple-click, or quintuple-click with Type tool

Ctrl+Shift+K

Command+Shift+K

Ctrl+Alt+Shift +K

Command+Option+Shi ft+K

Ctrl+Shift+= (equals)

Command+Shift+= (equals)

Resul t for select ed text Turn Subsc ript on or off for select ed text Set horizo ntal scale to 100% for select ed text Set vertic al scale to 100% for select ed text Auto leadin g for select ed text Reset tracki ng to 0 for select ed text

Windows

Mac OS

Ctrl+Alt+Shift += (equals)

Command+Option+Shi ft+= (equals)

Ctrl+Shift+X

Command+Shift+X

Ctrl+Alt+Shift +X

Command+Option+Shi ft+X

Ctrl+Alt+Shift +A

Command+Option+Shi ft+A

Ctrl+Shift+Q

Command+Shift+Contr ol+Q

Resul t Justif y paragr aph; left align last line Justif y paragr aph; right align last line Justif y paragr aph; force last line Decre ase or increa se font size of select ed text by 2 units Decre ase or increa se font size of select ed text by 10 units

Windows

Mac OS

Ctrl+Shift+J

Command+Shift+J

Ctrl+Alt+Shift +J

Command+Option+Shi ft+J

Ctrl+Shift+F

Command+Shift+F

Ctrl+Shift+, (comma) or Ctrl+Shift+. (period)

Command+Shift+, (comma) or Command+Shift+. (period)

Ctrl+Alt+Shift +, (comma) or Ctrl+Alt+Shift +. (period)

Command+Option+Shi ft+, (comma) or Command+Option+Shi ft+. (period)

Resul t Increa se or decre ase leadin g by 2 units Increa se or decre ase leadin g by 10 units Decre ase or increa se baseli ne shift by 2 units Decre ase or increa se baseli ne shift by 10 units Decre ase or increa se kernin g or tracki ng 20 units (20/1 000 ems) Decre ase or

Windows

Mac OS

Alt+Down Arrow or Alt+Up Arrow

Option+Down Arrow or Option+Up Arrow

Ctrl+Alt+Dow n Arrow or Ctrl+Alt+Up Arrow

Command+Option+Do wn Arrow or Command+Option+Up Arrow

Alt+Shift+Do wn Arrow or Alt+Shift+Up Arrow

Option+Shift+Down Arrow or Option+Shift+Up Arrow

Ctrl+Alt+Shift +Down Arrow or Ctrl+Alt+Shift +Up Arrow

Command+Option+Shi ft+Down Arrow or Command+Option+Shi ft+Up Arrow

Alt+Left Arrow or Alt+Right Arrow

Option+Left Arrow or Option+Right Arrow

Ctrl+Alt+Left Arrow or

Command+Option+Lef t Arrow or

Resul t increa se kernin g or tracki ng 100 units (100/ 1000 ems) Toggl e paragr aph comp oser

Windows

Mac OS

Ctrl+Alt+Right Arrow

Command+Option+Rig ht Arrow

Ctrl+Alt+Shift +T

Command+Option+Shi ft+T

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Masks (keyboard shortcuts)


Result New mask Windows Ctrl+Shift+ N Alt-click mask Mac OS Command+Shift+ N Option-click mask

Select all points in a mask Select next or previous mask

Alt+` (accent grave) or Alt+Shift+` (accent grave) Double-click mask with Selection tool or select mask in Timeline panel and press Ctrl+T Esc

Option+` (accent grave) or Option+Shift+` (accent grave)

Enter freetransform mask editing mode

Double-click mask with Selection tool or select mask in Timeline panel and press Command+T

Exit freetransform mask editing

Esc

Result mode Scale around center point in Free Transform mode Move selected path points 1 pixel at current magnificatio n Move selected path points 10 pixels at current magnificatio n Toggle between smooth and corner points Redraw Bezier handles Invert selected mask Open Mask Feather dialog box for selected mask Open Mask Shape dialog box for selected mask

Windows

Mac OS

Ctrl-drag

Command-drag

arrow key

arrow key

Shift+arrow key

Shift+arrow key

Ctrl+Altclick vertex

Command+Option -click vertex

Ctrl+Altdrag vertex

Command+Option -drag vertex

Ctrl+Shift+I

Command+Shift+I

Ctrl+Shift+F

Command+Shift+F

Ctrl+Shift+ M

Command+Shift+ M

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Paint tools (keyboard shortcuts)

Result

Window s X

Mac OS

Swap paint background color and foreground colors Set paint foreground color to black and background color to white Set foreground color to the color currently under any paint tool pointer Set foreground color to the average color of a 4-pixel x 4pixel area under any paint tool pointer Set brush size for a paint tool Set brush hardness for a paint tool

Alt-click

Option-click

Ctrl+Altclick

Command+Optio n-click

Ctrl-drag

Command-drag

Ctrldrag, then release Ctrl while dragging Hold Shift while beginnin g stroke Alt-click

Command-drag, then release Command while dragging

Join current paint stroke to the previous stroke

Hold Shift while beginning stroke

Set starting sample point to point currently under Clone Stamp tool pointer Momentarily activate Eraser tool with Last

Option-click

Ctrl+Shif t

Command+Shift

Result

Window s

Mac OS

Stroke Only option Show and move overlay (change Offset value of aligned Clone Stamp tool or change Source Position value ofunaligned Clon e Stamp tool) Activate a specific Clone Stamp tool preset Alt+Shift -drag with Clone Stamp tool Option+Shift-drag with Clone Stamp tool

3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 on the main keyboard Alt-click the button for the preset Digit on numeric keypad (for example, 9=90%, 1=10%)* . (decimal) on numeric keypad* Shift+a digit on numeric keypad (for example, 9=90%, 1=10%)* Shift+. (decimal) on numeric keypad*

3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 on the main keyboard

Duplicate a Clone Stamp tool preset in Paint panel

Option-click the button for the preset

Set opacity for a paint tool

Digit on numeric keypad (for example, 9=90%, 1=10%)*

Set opacity for a paint tool to 100%

. (decimal) on numeric keypad*

Set flow for a paint tool

Shift+a digit on numeric keypad (for example, 9=90%, 1=10%)*

Set flow for a paint tool to 100%

Shift+. (decimal) on numeric keypad*

Result

Window s Ctrl+Pag e Up or Ctrl+Pag e Down (or 1 or 2 on the main keyboard )

Mac OS

Move earlier or later by number of frames specified for stroke Duration

Command+Page Up or Command+Page Down (or 1 or 2 on the main keyboard)

Note: Some shortcuts are marked with an asterisk (*) to remind you to make sure that Num Lock is on when you use the numeric keypad.
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Shape layers (keyboard shortcuts)


Result Group selected shapes Ungroup selected shapes Enter freetransform path editing mode Increase star inner roundness Windows Ctrl+G Mac OS Command+G

Ctrl+Shift+G

Command+Shift+G

Select Path property in Timeline panel and press Ctrl+T Page Up when dragging to create shape Page Down when dragging to create shape Up Arrow when dragging to create shape

Select Path property in Timeline panel and press Command+T

Page Up when dragging to create shape

Decrease star inner roundness

Page Down when dragging to create shape

Increase number of points for star or polygon; increase roundness for

Up Arrow when dragging to create shape

Result rounded rectangle Decrease number of points for star or polygon; decrease roundness for rounded rectangle Reposition shape during creation

Windows

Mac OS

Down Arrow when dragging to create shape

Down Arrow when dragging to create shape

Hold spacebar when dragging to create shape Left Arrow when dragging to create shape

Hold spacebar when dragging to create shape

Set rounded rectangle roundness to 0 (sharp corners); decrease polygon and star outer roundness Set rounded rectangle roundness to maximum; increase polygon and star outer roundness Constrain rectangles to squares; constrain ellipses to circles; constrain polygons and stars to zero

Left Arrow when dragging to create shape

Right Arrow when dragging to create shape

Right Arrow when dragging to create shape

Shift when dragging to create shape

Shift when dragging to create shape

Result rotation Change outer radius of star

Windows

Mac OS

Ctrl when dragging to create shape

Command when dragging to create shape

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Markers (keyboard shortcuts)


Result Set marker at current time (works during RAM preview and audio-only preview) Set marker at current time and open marker dialog box Set and number a composition marker (09) at the current time Go to a composition marker (09) Display the duration between two layer markers or keyframes in the Info panel Remove marker Windows * (multiply) on numeric keypad Mac OS * (multiply) on numeric keypad or Control+8 on main keyboard

Alt+* (multiply) on numeric keypad

Option+* (multiply) on numeric keypad or Control+Option+8 on main keyboard Shift+0-9 on main keyboard

Shift+0-9 on main keyboard

0-9 on main keyboard

0-9 on main keyboard

Alt-click the markers or keyframes

Option-click the markers or keyframes

Ctrl-click marker

Command-click marker

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Motion tracking (keyboard shortcuts)


Result Move feature region, search region, and attach point 1 pixel at current magnificati on Move feature region, search region, and attach point 10 pixels at current magnificati on Move feature region and search region 1 pixel at current magnificati on Move feature region and search region 10 pixels at current magnificati on Windows arrow key Mac OS arrow key

Shift+arrow key

Shift+arrow key

Alt+arrow key

Option+arrow key

Alt+Shift+arro w key

Option+Shift+arr ow key

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Saving, exporting, and rendering (keyboard shortcuts)


Result Windows Mac OS

Result Save project Increme nt and save project Save As Add active composit ion or selected items to render queue Add active composit ion or selected items to render queue (After Effects CS6, and earlier.) Add current frame to render queue Duplicat e render item with same output filename as original

Windows Ctrl+S

Mac OS Command+S

Ctrl+Alt+Shi ft+S

Command+Option+Sh ift+S

Ctrl+Shift+S Ctrl+Shift+/ (on main keyboard) Ctrl+M

Command+Shift+S Command+Shift+/ (on main keyboard) Ctrl+Command+M

Ctrl+Alt+S

Command+Option+S

Ctrl+Shift+D

Command+Shift+D