• To open the Preferences dialog box, choose Edit > Preferences > [category name] (Windows) or After Effects > Preferences > [category name] (Mac OS).

  • To open the Preferences dialog box to the General category, press Ctrl+Alt+; (semicolon) (Windows) or Command+Option+; (Mac OS).

  • To restore default preference settings, hold Ctrl+Alt+Shift (Windows) or Command+Option+Shift (Mac OS) while the application is starting. To also restore default keyboard shortcuts, Alt-click (Windows) or Option-click (Mac OS) the OK button.

This section provides links to pages in which the various preferences that aren’t self-explanatory are explained in context.

General preferences

Previews preferences

Display preferences

Output preferences

Grids & Guides preferences

Label Colors and Label Defaults preferences

Media & Disk Cache preferences

Video Preview preferences

Appearance preferences

Auto-Save preferences

Memory & Multiprocessing preferences

Audio Hardware and Audio Output Mapping preferences