Favorite After Effects Shortcuts

Favorite After Effects Shortcuts
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Favorite After Effects Shortcuts

After Effects has many shortcut keys to speed up workflow, just knowing a few can cut the amount of time you spend clicking around and more time focused on animating. The one listed below doesn’t even begin to cover all the shortcuts available, but they are the ones I use most frequently. Surprisingly, the one I’m asked the most is how to Close All Windows. It happens quite often, when you open and project and ALL of the comps are open! It can slow your machine down and be a general pain to navigate. As you scroll down, you’ll see why I absolutely think a numpad is crucial to the After Effects workflow.

After Effects Action MAC PC
Close Window ⌘ + W Ctrl + W
Close All Windows ⌘ + Shift + W Ctrl + Shift + W
Composition Settings ⌘ + K Ctrl + K
Duplicate ⌘ + D Ctrl + D
New Solid ⌘ + Y Ctrl + Y
Solid Settings ⌘ + Shift + Y Ctrl + Shift + Y
Save Frame As ⌘ + Option + S Ctrl + Alt + Y
Add Comp Marker Shift + (Number) Shift + (Number)
Show Layer Keyframes U U
Show All Modified Double Tap U Double Tap U
Next Keyframe K K
Previous Keyframe J J
Make Window Fullscreen ` `
Audio Levels L L
Audio Waveforms Double Tap L Double Tap L
Position P P
Anchor Point A A
Scale S S
Rotation (Orientation) R R
Ram Preview Numpad 0 Numpad 0
Play Audio Only Numpad . Numpad .
Add Marker Numpad * Numpad *
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