Adobe After Effects Keyboard Shortcuts

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After Effects Keyboard Shortcuts

After Effects Keyboard Shortcuts

 

General

Result Windows Mac OS
Select all Ctrl+A Command+A
Deselect all F2 or Ctrl+Shift+A F2 or Command+Shift+A
Rename selected layer, composition, folder, effect, group, or mask Enter on main keyboard Return
Open selected layer, composition, or footage item Enter on numeric keypad Enter on numeric keypad
Move selected layers, masks, effects, or render items down (back) or up (forward) in stacking order Ctrl+Alt+Down Arrow or Ctrl+Alt+Up Arrow Command+Option+Down Arrow or Command+Option+Up Arrow
Move selected layers, masks, effects, or render items to bottom (back) or top (front) of stacking order Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Down Arrow or Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Up Arrow Command+Option+Shift+Down Arrow or Command+Option+Shift+Up Arrow
Extend selection to next item in Project panel, Render Queue panel, or Effect Controls panel Shift+Down Arrow Shift+Down Arrow
Extend selection to previous item in Project panel, Render Queue panel, or Effect Controls panel Shift+Up Arrow Shift+Up Arrow
Duplicate selected layers, masks, effects, text selectors, animators, puppet meshes, shapes, render items, output modules, or compositions Ctrl+D Command+D
Quit Ctrl+Q Command+Q
Undo Ctrl+Z Command+Z
Redo Ctrl+Shift+Z Command+Shift+Z
Purge All Memory Ctrl+Alt+/ (on numeric keypad) Command+Option+/ (on numeric keypad)
Interrupt running a script Esc Esc
Display filename corresponding to the frame at the current time in the Info panel Ctrl+Alt+E Command+Option+E

Projects

Result Windows Mac OS
New project Ctrl+Alt+N 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
Open Project Settings dialog box Click bit-depth button at bottom of Project panel Click bit-depth button at bottom of Project panel

Preferences

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

Panels, viewers, workspaces, and windows

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 Windows Mac OS
Open or close Project panel Ctrl+0 Command+0
Open or close Render Queue panel Ctrl+Alt+0 Command+Option+0
Open or close Tools panel Ctrl+1 Command+1
Open or close Info panel Ctrl+2 Command+2
Open or close Preview panel Ctrl+3 Command+3
Open or close Audio panel Ctrl+4 Command+4
Open or close Effects & Presets panel Ctrl+5 Command+5
Open or close Character panel Ctrl+6 Command+6
Open or close Paragraph panel Ctrl+7 Command+7
Open or close Paint panel Ctrl+8 Command+8
Open or close Brushes panel Ctrl+9 Command+9
Open or close Effect Controls panel for selected layer F3 or Ctrl+Shift+T F3 or Command+Shift+T
Open Flowchart panel for project flowchart Ctrl+F11 Command+F11
Switch to workspace 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
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. Ctrl+Shift+W 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.) Ctrl+\ (backslash) Command+\ (backslash)
Move application window or floating window to main monitor; resize window to fit screen. (Press again to resize window so that contents fill the screen.) Ctrl+Alt+\ (backslash) Command+Option+\ (backslash)
Toggle activation between Composition panel and Timeline panel for current composition \ (backslash) \ (backslash)
Cycle to previous or next item in active viewer (for example, cycle through open compositions) Shift+, (comma) or Shift+. (period) Shift+, (comma) or Shift+. (period)
Cycle to previous or next panel in active frame (for example, cycle through open Timeline panels) Alt+Shift+, (comma) or Alt+Shift+. (period) Option+Shift+, (comma) or Option+Shift+. (period)
Activate a view in a multi-view layout in the Composition panel without affecting layer selection Click with middle mouse button Click with middle mouse button

Activate tools

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.

Note:

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 Windows Mac OS
Cycle through tools Alt-click tool button in Tools panel Option-click tool button in Tools panel
Activate Selection tool V V
Activate Hand tool H H
Temporarily activate Hand tool Hold down spacebar or the middle mouse button Hold down spacebar or the middle mouse button
Activate Zoom In tool Z Z
Activate Zoom Out tool Alt (when Zoom In tool is active) Option (when Zoom In tool is active)
Activate Rotation tool W W
Activate Roto Brush tool Alt+W Option+W
Activate Refine Edge tool Alt+W Option+W
Activate and cycle through Camera tools (Unified Camera, Orbit Camera, Track XY Camera, and Track Z Camera) C C
Activate Pan Behind tool Y Y
Activate and cycle through mask and shape tools (Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle, Ellipse, Polygon, Star) Q Q
Activate and cycle through Type tools (Horizontal and Vertical) Ctrl+T Command+T
Activate and cycle between the Pen and Mask Feather tools. (Note: You can turn off this setting in the Preferences dialog box.) G G
Temporarily activate Selection tool when a pen tool is selected Ctrl Command
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) Ctrl+Alt Command+Option
Activate and cycle through Brush, Clone Stamp, and Eraser tools Ctrl+B Command+B
Activate and cycle through Puppet tools Ctrl+P Command+P
Temporarily convert Selection tool to Shape Duplication tool Alt (in shape layer) Option (in shape layer)
Temporarily convert Selection tool to Direct Selection tool Ctrl (in shape layer) Command (in shape layer)

Compositions and the work area

Result Windows Mac OS
New composition Ctrl+N Command+N
Open Composition Settings dialog box for selected composition Ctrl+K Command+K
Set beginning or end of work area to current time B or N B or N
Set work area to duration of selected layers or, if no layers are selected, set work area to composition duration Ctrl+Alt+B Command+Option+B
Open Composition Mini-Flowchart for active composition Tab Tab
Activate the most recently active composition that is in the same composition hierarchy (network of nested compositions) as the currently active composition Shift+Esc Shift+Esc
Trim Composition to work area Ctrl+Shift+X Command+Shift+X
New Composition from selection Alt+\ Option+\

Time navigation

Result Windows Mac OS
Go to specific time Alt+Shift+J Option+Shift+J
Go to beginning or end of work area Shift+Home or Shift+End Shift+Home or Shift+End
Go to previous or next visible item in time ruler (keyframe, layer marker, work area beginning or end)

(Note: Also goes to beginning, end, or base frame of Roto Brush span if viewing Roto Brush in Layer panel.)

J or K J or K
Go to beginning of composition, layer, or footage item Home or Ctrl+Alt+Left Arrow Home or Command+Option+Left Arrow
Go to end of composition, layer, or footage item End or Ctrl+Alt+Right Arrow End or Command+Option+Right Arrow
Go forward 1 frame Page Down or Ctrl+Right Arrow Page Down or Command+Right Arrow
Go forward 10 frames Shift+Page Down or Ctrl+Shift+Right Arrow Shift+Page Down or Command+Shift+Right Arrow
Go backward 1 frame Page Up or Ctrl+Left Arrow Page Up or Command+Left Arrow
Go backward 10 frames Shift+Page Up or Ctrl+Shift+Left Arrow Shift+Page Up or Command+Shift+Left Arrow
Go to layer In point I I
Go to layer Out point O O
Go to previous In point or Out point Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Left Arrow Command+Option+Shift+Left Arrow
Go to next In point or Out point Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Right Arrow Command+Option+Shift+Right Arrow
Scroll to current time in Timeline panel D D

Previews

Result Windows Mac OS
Start or stop preview Spacebar, 0 on numeric keypad, Shift+0 on numeric keypad Spacebar, 0 on numeric keypad, Shift+0 on numeric keypad
Reset preview settings to replicate RAM Preview and Standard Preview behaviors Alt-click Reset in Preview panel Option-click Reset in Preview panel
Preview only audio, from current time . (decimal point) on numeric keypad* . (decimal point) on numeric keypad* or Control+. (period) on main keyboard
Preview only audio, in work area Alt+. (decimal point) on numeric keypad* Option+. (decimal point) on numeric keypad* or Control+Option+. (period) on main keyboard
Manually preview (scrub) video Drag or Alt-drag current-time indicator, depending on Live Update setting Drag or Option-drag current-time indicator, depending on Live Update setting
Manually preview (scrub) audio Ctrl-drag current-time indicator Command-drag current-time indicator
Preview number of frames specified by Alternate Preview preference (defaults to 5) Alt+0 on numeric keypad* Option+0 on numeric keypad* or Control+Option+0 (zero) on main keyboard
Toggle Mercury Transmit video preview / (on numeric keypad) / (on numeric keypad), Control+/ on main keyboard
Take snapshot Shift+F5, Shift+F6, Shift+F7, or Shift+F8 Shift+F5, Shift+F6, Shift+F7, or Shift+F8
Display snapshot in active viewer F5, F6, F7, or F8 F5, F6, F7, or F8
Purge snapshot 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
Fast Previews > Off Ctrl+Alt+1 Command+Option+1
Fast Previews > Adaptive Resolution Ctrl+Alt+2 Command+Option+2
Fast Previews > Draft Ctrl+Alt+3 Command+Option+3
Fast Previews > Fast Draft Ctrl+Alt+4 Command+Option+4
Fast Previews > Wireframe Ctrl+Alt+5 Command+Option+5

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.

Views

Result Windows Mac OS
Turn display color management on or off for active view Shift+/ (on numeric keypad) Shift+/ (on numeric keypad)
Show red, green, blue, or alpha channel as grayscale Alt+1, Alt+2, Alt+3, Alt+4 Option+1, Option+2, Option+3, Option+4
Show colorized red, green, or blue channel Alt+Shift+1, Alt+Shift+2, Alt+Shift+3 Option+Shift+1, Option+Shift+2, Option+Shift+3
Toggle showing straight RGB color Alt+Shift+4 Option+Shift+4
Show alpha boundary (outline between transparent and opaque regions) in Layer panel Alt+5 Option+5
Show alpha overlay (colored overlay on transparent regions) in Layer panel Alt+6 Option+6
Show Refine Edge X-ray Alt+X Option+X
Center composition in the panel Double-click Hand tool Double-click Hand tool
Zoom-in in Composition, Layer, or Footage panel . (period) on main keyboard . (period) on main keyboard
Zoom-out in Composition, Layer, or Footage panel , (comma) , (comma)
Zoom to 100% in Composition, Layer, or Footage panel / (on main keyboard) / (on main keyboard)
Zoom to fit in Composition, Layer, or Footage panel Shift+/ (on main keyboard) Shift+/ (on main keyboard)
Zoom up to 100% to fit in Composition, Layer, or Footage panel Alt+/ (on main keyboard) Option+/ (on main keyboard)
Set resolution to Full, Half, or Custom in Composition panel Ctrl+J, Ctrl+Shift+J, Ctrl+Alt+J Command+J, Command+Shift+J, Command+Option+J
Open View Options dialog box for active Composition panel Ctrl+Alt+U Command+Option+U
Zoom in time = (equal sign) on main keyboard = (equal sign) on main keyboard
Zoom out time – (hyphen) on main keyboard – (hyphen) on main keyboard
Zoom in Timeline panel to single-frame units (Press again to zoom out to show entire composition duration.) ; (semicolon) ; (semicolon)
Zoom out in Timeline panel to show the entire composition duration (Press again to zoom back in to the duration specified by the Time Navigator.) Shift+; (semicolon) Shift+; (semicolon)
Prevent images from being rendered for previews in viewer panels Caps Lock Caps Lock
Show or hide safe zones ‘ (apostrophe) ‘ (apostrophe)
Show or hide grid Ctrl+’ (apostrophe) Command+’ (apostrophe)
Show or hide proportional grid Alt+’ (apostrophe) Option+’ (apostrophe)
Show or hide rulers Ctrl+R Command+R
Show or hide guides Ctrl+; (semicolon) Command+; (semicolon)
Turn snapping to grid on or off Ctrl+Shift+’ (apostrophe) Command+Shift+’ (apostrophe)
Turn snapping to guides on or off Ctrl+Shift+; (semicolon) Command+Shift+; (semicolon)
Lock or unlock guides Ctrl+Alt+Shift+; (semicolon) Command+Option+Shift+; (semicolon)
Show or hide layer controls (masks, motion paths, light and camera wireframes, effect control points, and layer handles) Ctrl+Shift+H Command+Shift+H

Footage

Result Windows Mac OS
Import one file or image sequence Ctrl+I Command+I
Import multiple files or image sequences Ctrl+Alt+I Command+Option+I
Open movie in an After Effects Footage panel Double-click the footage item in the Project panel Double-click the footage item in the Project panel
Add selected items to most recently activated composition Ctrl+/ (on main keyboard) Command+/ (on main keyboard)
Replace selected source footage for selected layers with footage item selected in Project panel Ctrl+Alt+/ (on main keyboard) Command+Option+/ (on main keyboard)
Replace source for a selected layer Alt-drag footage item from Project panel onto selected layer Option-drag footage item from Project panel onto selected layer
Delete a footage item without a warning Ctrl+Backspace Command+Delete
Open Interpret Footage dialog box for selected footage item Ctrl+Alt+G Command+Option+G
Remember footage interpretation Ctrl+Alt+C Command+Option+C
Edit selected footage item in application with which it’s associated (Edit Original) Ctrl+E Command+E
Replace selected footage item Ctrl+H Command+H
Reload selected footage items Ctrl+Alt+L Command+Option+L
Set proxy for selected footage item Ctrl+Alt+P Command+Option+P

Effects and animation presets

Result Windows Mac OS
Delete all effects from selected layers Ctrl+Shift+E Command+Shift+E
Apply most recently applied effect to selected layers Ctrl+Alt+Shift+E Command+Option+Shift+E
Apply most recently applied animation preset to selected layers Ctrl+Alt+Shift+F Command+Option+Shift+F

Layers

Note:

Some operations do not affect shy layers.

Result Windows Mac OS
New solid layer Ctrl+Y Command+Y
New null layer Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Y Command+Option+Shift+Y
New adjustment layer Ctrl+Alt+Y Command+Option+Y
Select layer (1-999) by its number (enter digits rapidly for two-digit and three-digit numbers) 0-9 on numeric keypad* 0-9 on numeric keypad*
Toggle selection of layer (1-999) by its number (enter digits rapidly for two-digit and three-digit numbers) Shift+0-9 on numeric keypad* Shift+0-9 on numeric keypad*
Select next layer in stacking order Ctrl+Down Arrow Command+Down Arrow
Select previous layer in stacking order Ctrl+Up Arrow Command+Up Arrow
Extend selection to next layer in stacking order Ctrl+Shift+Down Arrow Command+Shift+Down Arrow
Extend selection to previous layer in stacking order Ctrl+Shift+Up Arrow Command+Shift+Up Arrow
Deselect all layers Ctrl+Shift+A Command+Shift+A
Scroll topmost selected layer to top of Timeline panel X X
Show or hide Parent column Shift+F4 Shift+F4
Show or hide Layer Switches and Modes columns F4 F4
Setting the sampling method for selected layers (Best/Bilinear) Alt+B Option+B
Setting the sampling method for selected layers (Best/Bicubic) Alt+Shift+B Option+Shift+B
Turn off all other solo switches Alt-click solo switch Option-click solo switch
Turn Video (eyeball) switch on or off for selected layers Ctrl+Alt+Shift+V Command+Option+Shift+V
Turn off Video switch for all video layers other than selected layers Ctrl+Shift+V Command+Shift+V
Open settings dialog box for selected solid, light, camera, null, or adjustment layer Ctrl+Shift+Y Command+Shift+Y
Paste layers at current time Ctrl+Alt+V Command+Option+V
Split selected layers. (If no layers are selected, split all layers.) Ctrl+Shift+D Command+Shift+D
Precompose selected layers Ctrl+Shift+C Command+Shift+C
Open Effect Controls panel for selected layers Ctrl+Shift+T Command+Shift+T
Open layer in Layer panel (opens source composition for precomposition layer in Composition panel) Double-click a layer Double-click a layer
Open source of a layer in Footage panel (opens precomposition layer in Layer panel) Alt-double-click a layer Option-double-click a layer
Reverse selected layers in time Ctrl+Alt+R Command+Option+R
Enable time remapping for selected layers Ctrl+Alt+T Command+Option+T
Move selected layers so that their In point or Out point is at the current time [ (left bracket) or ] (right bracket) [ (left bracket) or ] (right bracket)
Trim In point or Out point of selected layers to current time Alt+[ (left bracket) or Alt+] (right bracket) Option+[ (left bracket) or Option+] (right bracket)
Add or remove expression for a property Alt-click stopwatch Option-click stopwatch
Add an effect (or multiple selected effects) to selected layers Double-click effect selection in Effects & Presets panel Double-click effect selection in Effects & Presets panel
Set In point or Out point by time-stretching Ctrl+Shift+, (comma) or Ctrl+Alt+, (comma) Command+Shift+, (comma) or Command+Option+, (comma)
Move selected layers so that their In point is at beginning of composition Alt+Home Option+Home
Move selected layers so that their Out point is at end of composition Alt+End Option+End
Lock selected layers Ctrl+L Command+L
Unlock all layers Ctrl+Shift+L Command+Shift+L
Set Quality to Best, Draft, or Wireframe for selected layers Ctrl+U, Ctrl+Shift+U, or Ctrl+Alt+Shift+U Command+U, Command+Shift+U, Command+Option+Shift+U
Cycle forward or backward through blending modes for selected layers Shift+- (hyphen) or Shift+= (equal sign) on the main keyboard Shift+- (hyphen) or Shift+= (equal sign) on the main keyboard
Find in Timeline panel 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.

Showing properties and groups in the Timeline panel

Note:

This table contains double-letter shortcuts (for example, LL). To use these shortcuts, press the letters in quick succession.

Result Windows Mac OS
Find in Timeline panel Ctrl+F Command+F
Toggle expansion of selected layers to show all properties Ctrl+` (accent grave) Command+` (accent grave)
Toggle expansion of property group and all child property groups to show all properties Ctrl-click triangle to the left of the property group name Command-click triangle to the left of the property group name
Show only Anchor Point property (for lights and cameras, Point Of Interest) A A
Show only Audio Levels property L L
Show only Mask Feather property F F
Show only Mask Path property M M
Show only Mask Opacity property TT TT
Show only Opacity property (for lights, Intensity) T T
Show only Position property P P
Show only Rotation and Orientation properties R R
Show only Scale property S S
Show only Time Remap property RR RR
Show only instances of missing effects FF FF
Show only Effects property group E E
Show only mask property groups MM MM
Show only Material Options property group AA AA
Show only expressions EE EE
Show properties with keyframes U U
Show only modified properties UU UU
Show only paint strokes, Roto Brush strokes, and Puppet pins PP PP
Show only audio waveform LL LL
Show only selected properties and groups SS SS
Hide property or group Alt+Shift-click property or group name Option+Shift-click property or group name
Add or remove property or group from set that is shown Shift+property or group shortcut Shift+property or group shortcut
Add or remove keyframe at current time Alt+Shift+property shortcut Option+property shortcut

Showing properties in the Effect Controls panel

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

Modifying layer properties

Result Windows Mac OS
Modify property value by default increments Drag property value Drag property value
Modify property value by 10x default increments Shift-drag property value Shift-drag property value
Modify property value by 1/10 default increments Ctrl-drag property value Command-drag property value
Open Auto-Orientation dialog box for selected layers Ctrl+Alt+O Command+Alt+O
Open Opacity dialog box for selected layers Ctrl+Shift+O Command+Shift+O
Open Rotation dialog box for selected layers Ctrl+Shift+R Command+Shift+R
Open Position dialog box for selected layers Ctrl+Shift+P Command+Shift+P
Center selected layers in view (modifies Position property to place anchor points of selected layers in center of current view) Ctrl+Home Command+Home
Center anchor point in the visible content Ctrl+Alt+Home Command+Option+Home
Move selected layers 1 pixel at current magnification (Position) Arrow key Arrow key
Move selected layers 10 pixels at current magnification (Position) Shift+arrow key Shift+arrow key
Move selected layers 1 frame earlier or later Alt+Page Up or Alt+Page Down Option+Page Up or Option+Page Down
Move selected layers 10 frames earlier or later Alt+Shift+Page Up or Alt+Shift+Page Down Option+Shift+Page Up or Option+Shift+Page Down
Increase or decrease Rotation (Z Rotation) of selected layers by 1° + (plus) or – (minus) on numeric keypad + (plus) or – (minus) on numeric keypad
Increase or decrease Rotation (Z Rotation) of selected layers by 10° Shift++ (plus) or Shift+- (minus) on numeric keypad Shift++ (plus) or Shift+- (minus) on numeric keypad
Increase or decrease Opacity (or Intensity for light layers) of selected layers by 1% Ctrl+Alt++ (plus) or Ctrl+Alt+- (minus) on numeric keypad Control+Option++ (plus) or Control+Option+- (minus) on numeric keypad
Increase or decrease Opacity (or Intensity for light layers) of selected layers by 10% Ctrl+Alt+Shift++ (plus) or Ctrl+Alt+Shift+- (minus) on numeric keypad Control+Option+Shift++ (plus) or Control+Option+Shift+- (minus) on numeric keypad
Increase Scale of selected layers by 1% Ctrl++ (plus) or Alt++ (plus) on numeric keypad Command++ (plus) or Option++ (plus) on numeric keypad
Decrease Scale of selected layers by 1% Ctrl+- (minus) or Alt+- (minus) on numeric keypad Command+- (minus) or Option+- (minus) on numeric keypad
Increase Scale of selected layers by 10% Ctrl+Shift++ (plus) or Alt+Shift++ (plus) on numeric keypad Command+Shift++ (plus) or Option+Shift++ (plus) on numeric keypad
Decrease Scale of selected layers by 10% Ctrl+Shift+- (minus) or Alt+Shift+- (minus) on numeric keypad Command+Shift+- (minus) or Option+Shift+- (minus) on numeric keypad
Modify Rotation or Orientation in 45° increments Shift-drag with Rotation tool Shift-drag with Rotation tool
Modify Scale, constrained to footage frame aspect ratio Shift-drag layer handle with Selection tool Shift-drag layer handle with Selection tool
Reset Rotation to 0° Double-click Rotation tool Double-click Rotation tool
Reset Scale to 100% Double-click Selection tool Double-click Selection tool
Scale and reposition selected layers to fit composition Ctrl+Alt+F Command+Option+F
Scale and reposition selected layers to fit composition width, preserving image aspect ratio for each layer Ctrl+Alt+Shift+H Command+Option+Shift+H
Scale and reposition selected layers to fit composition height, preserving image aspect ratio for each layer Ctrl+Alt+Shift+G Command+Option+Shift+G

3D layers

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 Windows Mac OS
Switch to 3D view 1 (defaults to Front) F10 F10
Switch to 3D view 2 (defaults to Custom View 1) F11 F11
Switch to 3D view 3 (defaults to Active Camera) F12 F12
Return to previous view Esc Esc
New light Ctrl+Alt+Shift+L Command+Option+Shift+L
New camera Ctrl+Alt+Shift+C Command+Option+Shift+C
Move the camera and its point of interest to look at selected 3D layers Ctrl+Alt+Shift+\ Command+Option+Shift+\
With a camera tool selected, move the camera and its point of interest to look at selected 3D layers F F
With a camera tool selected, move the camera and its point of interest to look at all 3D layers Ctrl+Shift+F Command+Shift+F
Turn Casts Shadows property on or off for selected 3D layers Alt+Shift+C Option+Shift+C

Keyframes and the Graph Editor

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 Windows Mac OS
Toggle between Graph Editor and layer bar modes Shift+F3 Shift+F3
Select all keyframes for a property Click property name Click property name
Select all visible keyframes and properties Ctrl+Alt+A Command+Option+A
Deselect all keyframes, properties, and property groups Shift+F2 or Ctrl+Alt+Shift+A Shift+F2 or Command+Option+Shift+A
Move keyframe 1 frame later or earlier Alt+Right Arrow or Alt+Left Arrow Option+Right Arrow or Option+Left Arrow
Move keyframe 10 frames later or earlier Alt+Shift+Right Arrow or Alt+Shift+Left Arrow Option+Shift+Right Arrow or Option+Shift+Left Arrow
Set interpolation for selected keyframes (layer bar mode) Ctrl+Alt+K Command+Option+K
Set keyframe interpolation method to hold or Auto Bezier Ctrl+Alt+H Command+Option+H
Set keyframe interpolation method to linear or Auto Bezier Ctrl-click in layer bar mode Command-click in layer bar mode
Set keyframe interpolation method to linear or hold Ctrl+Alt-click in layer bar mode Command+Option-click in layer bar mode
Easy ease selected keyframes F9 F9
Easy ease selected keyframes in Shift+F9 Shift+F9
Easy ease selected keyframes out Ctrl+Shift+F9 Command+Shift+F9
Set velocity for selected keyframes Ctrl+Shift+K Command+Shift+K
Add or remove keyframe at current time. For property shortcuts Alt+Shift+property shortcut Option+property shortcut

Text

Result Windows Mac OS
New text layer Ctrl+Alt+Shift+T Command+Option+Shift+T
Align selected horizontal text left, center, or right Ctrl+Shift+L, Ctrl+Shift+C, or Ctrl+Shift+R Command+Shift+L, Command+Shift+C, or Command+Shift+R
Align selected vertical text top, center, or bottom Ctrl+Shift+L, Ctrl+Shift+C, or Ctrl+Shift+R Command+Shift+L, Command+Shift+C, or Command+Shift+R
Extend or reduce selection by one character to right or left in horizontal text Shift+Right Arrow or Shift+Left Arrow Shift+Right Arrow or Shift+Left Arrow
Extend or reduce selection by one word to right or left in horizontal text Ctrl+Shift+Right Arrow or Ctrl+Shift+Left Arrow Command+Shift+Right Arrow or Command+Shift+Left Arrow
Extend or reduce selection by one line up or down in horizontal text Shift+Up Arrow or Shift+Down Arrow Shift+Up Arrow or Shift+Down Arrow
Extend or reduce selection by one line to right or left in vertical text Shift+Right Arrow or Shift+Left Arrow Shift+Right Arrow or Shift+Left Arrow
Extend or reduce selection one word up or down in vertical text Ctrl+Shift+Up Arrow or Ctrl+Shift+Down Arrow Command+Shift+Up Arrow or Command+Shift+Down Arrow
Extend or reduce selection by one character up or down in vertical text Shift+Up Arrow or Shift+Down Arrow Shift+Up Arrow or Shift+Down Arrow
Select text from insertion point to beginning or end of line Shift+Home or Shift+End Shift+Home or Shift+End
Move insertion point to beginning or end of line Home or End Home or End
Select all text on a layer Double-click text layer Double-click text layer
Select text from insertion point to beginning or end of text frame Ctrl+Shift+Home or Ctrl+Shift+End Command+Shift+Home or Command+Shift+End
Select text from insertion point to mouse-click point Shift-click Shift-click
In horizontal text, move insertion point one character left or right; one line up or down; one word left or right; or one paragraph up or down 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
In vertical text, move insertion point one character up or down; one left or right; one word up or down; or one paragraph left or right Up Arrow or Down Arrow; Left Arrow or Right Arrow; Ctrl+Up Arrow or Ctrl+Down Arrow; or Ctrl+Left Arrow or Ctrl+Right Arrow Up Arrow or Down Arrow; Left Arrow or Right Arrow; Command+Up Arrow or Command+Down Arrow; or Command+Left Arrow or Command+Right Arrow
Select word, line, paragraph, or entire text frame Double-click, triple-click, quadruple-click, or quintuple-click with Type tool Double-click, triple-click, quadruple-click, or quintuple-click with Type tool
Turn All Caps on or off for selected text Ctrl+Shift+K Command+Shift+K
Turn Small Caps on or off for selected text Ctrl+Alt+Shift+K Command+Option+Shift+K
Turn Superscript on or off for selected text Ctrl+Shift+= (equal sign) Command+Shift+= (equal sign)
Turn Subscript on or off for selected text Ctrl+Alt+Shift+= (equal sign) Command+Option+Shift+= (equal sign)
Set horizontal scale to 100% for selected text Ctrl+Shift+X Command+Shift+X
Set vertical scale to 100% for selected text Ctrl+Alt+Shift+X Command+Option+Shift+X
Auto leading for selected text Ctrl+Alt+Shift+A Command+Option+Shift+A
Reset tracking to 0 for selected text Ctrl+Shift+Q Command+Shift+Control+Q
Justify paragraph; left align last line Ctrl+Shift+J Command+Shift+J
Justify paragraph; right align last line Ctrl+Alt+Shift+J Command+Option+Shift+J
Justify paragraph; force last line Ctrl+Shift+F Command+Shift+F
Decrease or increase font size of selected text by 2 units Ctrl+Shift+, (comma) or Ctrl+Shift+. (period) Command+Shift+, (comma) or Command+Shift+. (period)
Decrease or increase font size of selected text by 10 units Ctrl+Alt+Shift+, (comma) or Ctrl+Alt+Shift+. (period) Command+Option+Shift+, (comma) or Command+Option+Shift+. (period)
Increase or decrease leading by 2 units Alt+Down Arrow or Alt+Up Arrow Option+Down Arrow or Option+Up Arrow
Increase or decrease leading by 10 units Ctrl+Alt+Down Arrow or Ctrl+Alt+Up Arrow Command+Option+Down Arrow or Command+Option+Up Arrow
Decrease or increase baseline shift by 2 units Alt+Shift+Down Arrow or Alt+Shift+Up Arrow Option+Shift+Down Arrow or Option+Shift+Up Arrow
Decrease or increase baseline shift by 10 units Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Down Arrow or Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Up Arrow Command+Option+Shift+Down Arrow or Command+Option+Shift+Up Arrow
Decrease or increase kerning or tracking 20 units (20/1000 ems) Alt+Left Arrow or Alt+Right Arrow Option+Left Arrow or Option+Right Arrow
Decrease or increase kerning or tracking 100 units (100/1000 ems) Ctrl+Alt+Left Arrow or Ctrl+Alt+Right Arrow Command+Option+Left Arrow or Command+Option+Right Arrow
Toggle paragraph composer Ctrl+Alt+Shift+T Command+Option+Shift+T

Masks

Result Windows Mac OS
New mask Ctrl+Shift+N Command+Shift+N
Select all points in a mask Alt-click mask Option-click mask
Select next or previous mask Alt+` (accent grave) or Alt+Shift+` (accent grave) Option+` (accent grave) or Option+Shift+` (accent grave)
Enter free-transform mask editing mode Double-click mask with Selection tool or select mask in Timeline panel and press Ctrl+T Double-click mask with Selection tool or select mask in Timeline panel and press Command+T
Exit free-transform mask editing mode Esc Esc
Scale around center point in Free Transform mode Ctrl-drag Command-drag
Move selected path points 1 pixel at current magnification Arrow key Arrow key
Move selected path points 10 pixels at current magnification Shift+arrow key Shift+arrow key
Toggle between smooth and corner points Ctrl+Alt-click vertex Command+Option-click vertex
Redraw Bezier handles Ctrl+Alt-drag vertex Command+Option-drag vertex
Invert selected mask Ctrl+Shift+I Command+Shift+I
Open Mask Feather dialog box for selected mask Ctrl+Shift+F Command+Shift+F
Open Mask Shape dialog box for selected mask Ctrl+Shift+M Command+Shift+M
Subtract mode S S
Darken mode D D
Difference mode F F
Add mode A S
Intersect mode I I
None N N

Paint tools

Result Windows Mac OS
Swap paint background color and foreground colors X X
Set paint foreground color to black and background color to white D D
Set foreground color to the color currently under any paint tool pointer Alt-click Option-click
Set foreground color to the average color of a 4-pixel x 4-pixel area under any paint tool pointer Ctrl+Alt-click Command+Option-click
Set brush size for a paint tool Ctrl-drag Command-drag
Set brush hardness for a paint tool Ctrl-drag, then release Ctrl while dragging Command-drag, then release Command while dragging
Join current paint stroke to the previous stroke Hold Shift while beginning stroke Hold Shift while beginning stroke
Set starting sample point to point currently under Clone Stamp tool pointer Alt-click Option-click
Momentarily activate Eraser tool with Last Stroke Only option Ctrl+Shift Command+Shift
Show and move overlay (change Offset value of alignedClone Stamp tool or change Source Position value of unaligned Clone Stamp tool) Alt+Shift-drag with Clone Stamp tool Option+Shift-drag with Clone Stamp tool
Activate a specific Clone Stamp tool preset 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 on the main keyboard 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 on the main keyboard
Duplicate a Clone Stamp tool preset in Paint panel Alt-click the button for the preset Option-click the button for the preset
Set opacity for a paint tool Digit on numeric keypad (for example, 9=90%, 1=10%)* Digit on numeric keypad (for example, 9=90%, 1=10%)*
Set opacity for a paint tool to 100% . (decimal) on numeric keypad* . (decimal) on numeric keypad*
Set flow for a paint tool Shift+ a digit on numeric keypad (for example, 9=90%, 1=10%)* 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* Shift+. (decimal) on numeric keypad*
Move earlier or later by number of frames specified for stroke Duration Ctrl+Page Up or Ctrl+Page Down (or 1 or 2 on the main keyboard) 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.

Shape layers

Result Windows Mac OS
Group selected shapes Ctrl+G Command+G
Ungroup selected shapes Ctrl+Shift+G Command+Shift+G
Enter free-transform path editing mode Select Path property in Timeline panel and press Ctrl+T Select Path property in Timeline panel and press Command+T
Increase star inner roundness Page Up when dragging to create shape Page Up when dragging to create shape
Decrease star inner roundness Page Down when dragging to create shape Page Down when dragging to create shape
Increase number of points for star or polygon; increase roundness for rounded rectangle Up Arrow when dragging to create shape Up Arrow when dragging to create shape
Decrease number of points for star or polygon; decrease roundness for rounded rectangle Down Arrow when dragging to create shape Down Arrow when dragging to create shape
Reposition shape during creation Hold spacebar 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 Left Arrow when dragging to create shape Left Arrow when dragging to create shape
Set rounded rectangle roundness to maximum; increase polygon and star outer roundness Right Arrow when dragging to create shape Right Arrow when dragging to create shape
Constrain rectangles to squares; constrain ellipses to circles; constrain polygons and stars to zero rotation Shift when dragging to create shape Shift when dragging to create shape
Change outer radius of star Ctrl when dragging to create shape Command when dragging to create shape

Markers

Result Windows Mac OS
Set marker at current time (works during preview and audio-only preview) * (multiply) on numeric keypad * (multiply) on numeric keypad or Control+8 on main keyboard
Set marker at current time and open marker dialog box Alt+* (multiply) on numeric keypad Option+* (multiply) on numeric keypad or Control+Option+8 on main keyboard
Set and number a composition marker (0-9) at the current time Shift+0-9 on main keyboard Shift+0-9 on main keyboard
Go to a composition marker (0-9) 0-9 on main keyboard 0-9 on main keyboard
Display the duration between two layer markers or keyframes in the Info panel Alt-click the markers or keyframes Option-click the markers or keyframes
Remove marker Ctrl-click marker Command-click marker

Motion tracking

Result Windows Mac OS
Move feature region, search region, and attach point 1 pixel at current magnification Arrow key Arrow key
Move feature region, search region, and attach point 10 pixels at current magnification Shift+arrow key Shift+arrow key
Move feature region and search region 1 pixel at current magnification Alt+arrow key Option+arrow key
Move feature region and search region 10 pixels at current magnification Alt+Shift+arrow key Option+Shift+arrow key

Saving, exporting, and rendering

Result Windows Mac OS
Save project Ctrl+S Command+S
Increment and save project Ctrl+Alt+Shift+S Command+Option+Shift+S
Save As Ctrl+Shift+S Command+Shift+S
Add active composition or selected items to render queue Ctrl+Shift+/ (on main keyboard) Command+Shift+/ (on main keyboard)
Add current frame to render queue Ctrl+Alt+S Command+Option+S
Duplicate render item with same output filename as original Ctrl+Shift+D Command+Shift+D
Add a composition to the Adobe Media Encoder encoding queue Ctrl+Alt+M Cmd+Option+M

Note:

On Mac OS, some keyboard commands used to interact with the operating system conflict with keyboard commands for interacting with After Effects. Select Use System Shortcut Keys in the General preferences to override the After Effects keyboard command in some cases in which there’s a conflict with the Mac OS keyboard command.

 

 

 

 

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