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Layers

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

Preferences

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
Ctrl+Alt+; Open Preferences dialog box
Hold downctrl+Alt+shiftwhile starting After Effects Restore default preferences settings

Motion Tracking

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
Arrow Keys Move feature region, search region, and attach point 1 pixel at current magnification
Shift+Arrow Keys Move feature region, search region, and attach point 10 pixels at current magnification
Alt+Arrow Keys Move feature region and search region 1 pixel at current magnification
Alt+Shift+Arrow Keys Move feature region and search region 10 pixels at current magnification

Markers

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
*on numeric keypad Set marker at current time (works during RAM preview and audio-only preview) and/or open marker dialog box
Shift+0...9 Set and number a composition marker (0-9) at the current time
0...9 Go to composition marker 0-9
Altclick the markers / keyframes Display the duration between two layer markers or keyframes in the Info panel
Ctrlclick marker Remove marker

Time Navigation

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
Alt+Shift+J Go to specific time
Shift+Home / End Go to beginning / to end of work area
J / K Go to previous / to next visible item in time ruler
Home / End / Ctrl+Option+Arrow Left / Arrow Right Go to beginning / to end of composition, layer, or footage item
Page Down / page uporctrl+Arrow Right / Arrow Left Go forward 1 frame / backward 1 frame
Shift+Page Down / page uporctrl+Shift+Arrow Right / Arrow Left Go forward 10 frames / backward 10 frames
I Go to layer In point
O Go to layer Out point
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Arrow Left / arrow/right Go to previous / to next In point or Out point
D Scroll to current time in Timeline panel

Paint Tools

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
X Swap paint background color and foreground colors
D Set paint foreground color to black and background color to white
Altclick Set foreground color to the color currently under any paint tool pointer
Ctrl+Altclick Set foreground color to the average color of a 4-pixel x 4-pixel area under any paint tool pointer
Ctrldrag Set brush size for a paint tool
Ctrldrag, then releasectrlwhile dragging Set brush hardness for a paint tool
Holdshiftwhile beginning stroke Join current paint stroke to the previous stroke
Altclick Set starting sample point to point currently under Clone Stamp tool pointer
Ctrl+Shift Momentarily activate Eraser tool with Last Stroke Only option
Alt+Shiftdrag with Clone Stamp tool Show and move overlay (change Offset value of aligned Clone Stamp tool or change Source Position value of unaligned Clone Stamp tool)
37 Activate a specific Clone Stamp tool preset
Altclick the button for the preset Duplicate a Clone Stamp tool preset in Paint panel
19on numeric keybaord Set opacity for a paint tool (e.g. 1=10%, 9=90%)
.on numeric keybaord Set opacity for a paint tool to 100%
Shift+19on numeric keybaord Set flow for a paint tool (e.g. 1=10%, 9=90%)
Shift+.on numeric keybaord Set flow for a paint tool to 100%
Ctrl+Page Up / Page Down Move to earlier / move to later by number of frames specified for stroke Duration (alternatively use 1/2)

Views

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description

Masks

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
Ctrl+Shift+N New mask
Altclick mask Select all points in a mask
Alt+`(accent grave) /Alt+Shift+` Select next / select previous mask
Double-click mask with Selection tool / select mask in Timeline panel and pressctrl+T Enter free-transform mask editing mode
Esc Exit free-transform mask editing mode
Ctrldrag Scale around center point in Free Transform mode
Arrow Keys Move selected path points 1 pixel at current magnification
Shift+Arrow Keys Move selected path points 10 pixels at current magnification
Ctrl+Altclick vertex Toggle between smooth and corner points
Ctrl+Altdrag vertex Redraw Bezier handles
Ctrl+Shift+I Invert selected mask
Ctrl+Shift+F Open Mask Feather dialog box for selected mask
Ctrl+Shift+M Open Mask Shape dialog box for selected mask

Previews

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
Space Start or stop standard preview
0(zero) on numeric keypad RAM preview
Shift+0on numeric keypad RAM preview with alternate settings
Ctrlclick RAM Preview button or pressctrl+0on numeric keypad Save RAM preview
Ctrl+Shiftclick RAM Preview button or pressctrl+Shift+0on numeric keypad Save RAM preview with alternate settings
.on numeric keypad Preview only audio, from current time
Alt+.on numeric keypad Preview only audio, in work area
Drag /Altdrag current-time indicator, depending on Live Update setting Manually preview (scrub) video
Ctrldrag current-time indicator Manually preview (scrub) audio
Alt+0(zero) on numeric keypad RAM preview number of frames specified by Alternate RAM Preview preference (defaults to 5)

Keyframes and Graph Editor

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
Shift+F3 Toggle between Graph Editor and layer bar modes
Click property name Select all keyframes for a property
Ctrl+Alt+A Select all visible keyframes and properties
Shift+F2 / Ctrl+Alt+Shift+A Deselect all keyframes, properties, and property groups
Alt+Arrow Right / Arrow Left Move keyframe 1 frame later / earlier
Alt+Shift+Arrow Right / Arrow Left Move keyframe 10 frames later / earlier
Ctrl+Alt+K Set interpolation for selected keyframes (layer bar mode)
Ctrl+Alt+H Set keyframe interpolation method to hold or Auto Bezier
Ctrlclick in layer bar mode Set keyframe interpolation method to linear or Auto Bezier
Ctrl+Altclick in layer bar mode Set keyframe interpolation method to linear or hold
F9 Easy ease selected keyframes
Shift+F9 Easy ease selected keyframes in
Ctrl+Shift+F9 Easy ease selected keyframes out
Ctrl+Shift+K Set velocity for selected keyframes
Alt+Shiftproperty shortcut Add or remove keyframe at current time (For property shortcuts, see Showing properties and groups in the Timeline panel (keyboard shortcuts).)

Effects and Animation Presets

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
Ctrl+Shift+E Delete all effects from selected layers
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+E Apply most recently applied effect to selected layers
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+F Apply most recently applied animation preset to selected layers

Saving, Exporting, and Rendering

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
Ctrl+S Save project
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+S Increment and save project
Ctrl+Shift+S Save As
Ctrl+Shift / Add active composition or selected items to render queue
Ctrl+Alt+S Add current frame to render queue
Ctrl+Shift+D Duplicate render item with same output filename as original

Projects

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
Ctrl+Alt+N New project
Ctrl+O Open project
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+P Open most recent project
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+N New folder in Project panel
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+K Open Project Settings dialog box
Ctrl+F Find in Project panel
Altclick bit-depth button at bottom of Project panel Cycle through color bit depths for project
Click bit-depth button at bottom of Project panel Open Project Settings dialog box

Modifying Layer Properties

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
Drag property value Modify property value by default increments
Shiftdrag property value Modify property value by 10x default increments
Ctrldrag property value Modify property value by 1/10 default increments
Ctrl+Shift+O Open Opacity dialog box for selected layers
Ctrl+Shift+R Open Rotation dialog box for selected layers
Ctrl+Shift+P Open Position dialog box for selected layers
Ctrl+Alt+O Open Auto-Orientation dialog box for selected layers
Ctrl+Home Center selected layers in view (modifies Position property to place anchor points of selected layers in center of current view)
Arrow Keys Move selected layers 1 pixel at current magnification (Position)
Shift+Arrow Keys Move selected layers 10 pixels at current magnification (Position)
Alt+Page Up / Page Down Move selected layers 1 frame earlier / 1 frame later
Alt+Shift+Page Up / Page Down Move selected layers 10 frames earlier / 10 frames later
[+] / -on numeric keypad Increase / decrease Rotation (Z Rotation) of selected layers by 1°
Shift+[+] / -on numeric keypad Increase / decrease Rotation (Z Rotation) of selected layers by 10°
Ctrl+Alt+[+] / -on numeric keypad Increase / decrease Opacity (or Intensity for light layers) of selected layers by 1%
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+[+] / -on numeric keypad Increase / decrease Opacity (or Intensity for light layers) of selected layers by 10%
Ctrl+[+] / - / Alt+[+] / -on numeric keypad Increase / decrease Scale of selected layers by 1%
Ctrl+[+] / - / Alt+Shift+[+] / -on numeric keypad Increase / decrease Scale of selected layers by 10%
Shiftdrag with Rotation tool Modify Rotation or Orientation in 45° increments
Shiftdrag layer handle with Selection tool Modify Scale, constrained to footage frame aspect ratio
Double-click Rotation tool Reset Rotation to 0°
Double-click Selection tool Reset Scale to 100%
Ctrl+Alt+F Scale and reposition selected layers to fit composition
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+H Scale and reposition selected layers to fit composition width, preserving image aspect ratio for each layer
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+G Scale and reposition selected layers to fit composition height, preserving image aspect ratio for each layer

Properties in the Effect Controls Panel

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
Ctrl+`(accent grave) Toggle expansion of selected effects to show all properties
Ctrlclick triangle to the left of the property group name Toggle expansion of property group and all child property groups to show all properties

Activating Tools

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
Altclick tool button in Tools panel Cycle through tools
V Activate Selection tool
H Activate Hand tool. To temporarily activate Hand tool: Hold down spacebar or the middle mouse button and press h
Z Activate Zoom In tool. Add option/alt to zoom out
W Activate Rotation tool
C Activate and cycle through Camera tools
Y Activate Pan Behind tool
Q Activate and cycle through Mask and Shape tools
G Activate and cycle through Pen tools. Add command/ctrl to temporarily activate Selection tool when pen tool is selected
Ctrl+Alt 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+B Activate and cycle through Brush, Clone Stamp, and Eraser tools
Ctrl+T Activate and cycle through Type tools
Ctrl+P Activate and cycle through Puppet tools
Alt+W Activate Roto Brush tool
alt(in shape layer) Temporarily convert Selection tool to Shape Duplication tool
ctrl(in shape layer) Temporarily convert Selection tool to Direct Selection tool

Compositions Work Area

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
Ctrl+N New composition
Ctrl+K Open Composition Settings dialog box for selected composition
B / N Set beginning or end of work area to current time
Ctrl+Alt+B Set work area to duration of selected layers or, if no layers are selected, set work area to composition duration
tap onshift Open Composition Mini-Flowchart for active composition
Shift+Esc Activate the most recently active composition that is in the same composition hierarchy as currently active composition

Footage

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

3D Layers

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

General

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
Ctrl+Shift+A / F2 Deselect all
Ctrl+A Select all
enteron main keyboard Rename selected layer, composition, folder, effect, group, or mask
enteron numeric keypad Open selected layer, composition, or footage item
Ctrl+Alt+Arrow Down / Arrow Up Move selected layers, masks, effects, or render items down (back) / up (forward) in stacking order
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Arrow Down / Arrow Up Move selected layers, masks, effects, or render items to bottom (back) / top (front) of stacking order
Shift+Arrow Down / Arrow Up Extend selection to next item / previous item in Project panel, Render Queue panel, or Effect Controls panel
Ctrl+D Duplicate selected layers, masks, effects, text selectors, animators, puppet meshes, shapes, render items, output modules, or compositions
Ctrl+Q Quit
Ctrl+Z Undo
Ctrl+Shift+Z Redo

Text

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

Shape Layers

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
Ctrl+G Group selected shapes
Ctrl+Shift+G Ungroup selected shapes
Select Path property in Timeline panel and pressctrl+T Enter free-transform path editing mode
Page Up / page downwhen dragging to create shape Increase / decrease star inner roundness
Arrow Up / arrow downwhen dragging to create shape Increase / decrease number of points for star or polygon; increase / decrease roundness for rounded rectangle
Holdspacebarwhen dragging to create shape Reposition shape during creation
arrow leftwhen dragging to create shape Set rounded rectangle roundness to 0 (sharp corners); decrease polygon and star outer roundness
arrow rightwhen dragging to create shape Set rounded rectangle roundness to maximum; increase polygon and star outer roundness
shiftwhen dragging to create shape Constrain rectangles to squares; constrain ellipses to circles; constrain polygons and stars to zero rotation
ctrlwhen dragging to create shape Change outer radius of star

Panels, Viewers, Workspaces, and Windows

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
Ctrl+0(zero) Open or close Project panel
Ctrl+Alt+0(zero) Open or close Render Queue panel
Ctrl+1 Open or close Tools panel
Ctrl+2 Open or close Info panel
Ctrl+3 Open or close Preview panel
Ctrl+4 Open or close Audio panel
Ctrl+5 Open or close Effects and Presets panel
Ctrl+6 Open or close Character panel
Ctrl+7 Open or close Paragraph panel
Ctrl+8 Open or close Paint panel
Ctrl+9 Open or close Brushes panel
F3 / Ctrl+Shift+T Open or close Effect Controls panel for selected layer
Ctrl+F11 Open Flowchart panel for project flowchart
Shift+f10,shift+f11, /Shift+F12 Switch to workspace
Ctrl+W Close active viewer window or panel (closes content first)
Ctrl+Shift+W Close all active viewer wwindow or panels
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+N Split the frame containing the active viewer and create a new viewer with opposite locked/unlocked state
`(accent grave) Maximize or restore panel under pointer
Ctrl Resize application window or floating window to fit screen. (Press again to resize window so that contents fill the screen.)
Ctrl+Alt 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.)
Toggle activation between Composition panel and Timeline panel for current composition
Shift+, / . Cycle to previous / to next item in active viewer (for example, cycle through open compositions)
Alt+Shift+, / . Cycle to previous / to next panel in active frame (for example, cycle through open Timeline panels)
Click with middle mouse button Activate a view in a multi-view layout in the Composition panel without affecting layer selection

Properties and Groups in Timeline Panel

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
Ctrl+F Find in Timeline panel
Ctrl+`(accent grave) Toggle expansion of selected layers to show all properties
Ctrlclick triangle to the left of the property group name Toggle expansion of property group and all child property groups to show all properties
A Show only Anchor Point property (for lights and cameras, Point Of Interest)
L Show only Audio Levels property
F Show only Mask Feather property
M Show only Mask Path property
tt Show only Mask Opacity property
T Show only Opacity property (for lights, Intensity)
P Show only Position property
R Show only Rotation and Orientation properties
S Show only Scale property
rr Show only Time Remap property
ff Show only instances of missing effects
E Show only Effects property group
mm Show only Mask property groups
aa Show only Material Options property group
ee Show only Expressions
uu Show only modified properties
pp Show only Paint Strokes, Roto Brush strokes, and Puppet pins
ll Show only Audio Waveform
U Show only properties with keyframes or expressions
ss Show only selected properties and groups
Alt+Shiftclick property / group name Hide property or group
Shiftproperty / group shortcut Add or remove property or group from set that is shown
Altproperty shortcut Add or remove keyframe at current time