Keyboard shortcuts



To modify keyboard shortcuts, use the KeyEd Up script from Jeff Almasol, which is available on the Adobe After Effects Exchange website.

Sebastien Perier provides instructions on his website for assigning keyboard shortcuts to scripts so that you can run a script with a single keystroke. This technique relies on the KeyEd Up script.

For information on remapping keyboard shortcuts for keyboard layouts other than the standard US English layout, see Jonas Hummelstrand’s website.

Note: On Mac OS, some keyboard commands for interacting 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.

General (keyboard shortcuts)

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

Ctrl+Alt+/ (on numeric keypad)

Command+Option+/ (on numeric keypad)

Projects (keyboard shortcuts)

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 (keyboard shortcuts)

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 (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

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

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

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 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 through pen tools (Pen, Add Vertex, Delete Vertex, and Convert Vertex)

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 (keyboard shortcuts)

Result

Windows

Mac OS

New composition

Ctrl+N

Command+N

Open Composition Settings dialog box for selected composition

Ctrl+K

Command+K

Set composition background color

Ctrl+Shift+B

Command+Shift+B

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
Note: If you tap Shift several times without any intervening keystrokes, you may invoke a feature of your operating system’s StickyKeys or Sticky Keys accessibility software. See your operating system’s documentation for disabling this feature.

Tap Shift

Tap Shift

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

Time navigation (keyboard shortcuts)

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, marker, work area beginning or end)

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 (keyboard shortcuts)

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Start or stop standard preview

spacebar

spacebar

RAM preview

0 on numeric keypad*

0 on numeric keypad*

RAM preview with alternate settings

Shift+0 on numeric keypad*

Shift+0 on numeric keypad*

Save RAM preview

Ctrl-click RAM Preview button or press Ctrl+0 on numeric keypad*

Command-click RAM Preview button or press Command+0 on numeric keypad*

Save RAM preview with alternate settings

Ctrl+Shift-click RAM Preview button or press Ctrl+Shift+0 on numeric keypad*

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

Preview only audio, from current time

. (decimal point) on numeric keypad*

. (decimal point) on numeric keypad*

Preview only audio, in work area

Alt+. (decimal point) on numeric keypad*

Option+. (decimal point) on numeric keypad*

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

Wireframe preview

Alt+0 on numeric keypad*

Option+0 on numeric keypad*

Wireframe preview, leaving panel contents

Alt+Shift+0 on numeric keypad*

Option+Shift+0 on numeric keypad*

Show current frame on video preview device

/ (on numeric keypad)

/ (on numeric keypad)

Toggle Output Device preference between Desktop Only and video preview device

Ctrl+/ (on numeric keypad)

Command+/ (on numeric keypad)

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

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 (keyboard shortcuts)

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

Reset view in the Composition panel to 100% and 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 Timeline panel to single-frame units or zoom out to show entire composition duration

; (semicolon)

; (semicolon)

Zoom in time

= (equal sign) on main keyboard

= (equal sign) on main keyboard

Zoom out time

- (hyphen) on main keyboard

- (hyphen) on main keyboard

Suspend image updates

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

Ctrl+Shift+H

Command+Shift+H

Footage (keyboard shortcuts)

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

Alt-double-click

Option-double-click

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 (keyboard shortcuts)

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 (keyboard shortcuts)

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

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 In point or Out point of selected layers to 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 In point of selected layers to beginning of composition

Alt+Home

Option+Home

Move Out point of selected layers to 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 (keyboard shortcuts)

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 only modified properties

UU

UU

Show only paint strokes and Puppet pins

PP

PP

Show only audio waveform

LL

LL

Show only properties with keyframes or expressions

U

U

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+Shift+property shortcut

Showing properties in the Effect Controls panel (keyboard shortcuts)

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 (keyboard shortcuts)

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

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 (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

Windows

Mac OS

Switch to 3D view 1 (defaults to Front)

F10

F10

Switch to 3D view 2 (defaults to Custom View 2)

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 objects

Ctrl+Alt+Shift+\

Command+Option+Shift+\

Turn Casts Shadows property on or off for selected 3D layers

Alt+Shift+C

Option+Shift+C

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

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, see Showing properties and groups in the Timeline panel (keyboard shortcuts).)

Alt+Shift+property shortcut

Option+Shift+property shortcut

Text (keyboard shortcuts)

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+= (equals)

Command+Shift+= (equals)

Turn Subscript on or off for selected text

Ctrl+Alt+Shift+= (equals)

Command+Option+Shift+= (equals)

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 (keyboard shortcuts)

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

Paint tools (keyboard shortcuts)

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 aligned Clone 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 (keyboard shortcuts)

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 (keyboard shortcuts)

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Set marker at current time (works during RAM preview and audio-only preview)

* (multiply) on numeric keypad

* (multiply) on numeric keypad

Set marker at current time and open marker dialog box

Alt+* (multiply) on numeric keypad

Option+* (multiply) on numeric keypad

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 (keyboard shortcuts)

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 (keyboard shortcuts)

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