Keyboard shortcuts in After Effects (2022)

Use this handy list to reference keyboard shortcuts for After Effects and even print a PDF of the keyboard shortcuts. You can also use the visual keyboard shortcut editor to customize the shortcuts and assign multiple shortcuts to a command.

Visual Keyboard Shortcut Editor

You can work visually when you lay out your keyboard shortcuts with the visual keyboard shortcut editor. You can use the keyboard user interface to view the keys that have been assigned shortcuts, available keys for assignment, and modify assigned shortcuts.

Work with Visual Keyboard Shortcut Editor

To open the editor, select Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts or

  • Windows: Ctrl+Alt+'
  • macOS: Option+Command+'

The editor is divided into three parts:

Color coding

Gray: In the keyboard layout, keys shaded gray do not have any shortcuts assigned to them.

Purple: In the keyboard layout, keys shaded purple are assigned application-wide shortcuts.

Green: In the keyboard layout keys shaded green are assigned panel-specific shortcuts.

The keyboard layout displays application-wide shortcuts by default.These shortcuts work irrespective of which panel is selected. The Command list displays the entire set of commands available. When you select a key in the keyboard layout for application-wide commands, the key is outlined with a blue focus indicator. The Command list displays the Application command assigned to it. The Key modifier list inspects and it displays a list of all the commands assigned to the key and each of the possible modifier combinations.

You can switch to panel-specific view from the Command drop-down list. The keyboard layout only displays keys shaded green. These shortcuts only work when the specific panel is active. When you view a set of Panel shortcuts, only the commands specific to that panel are displayed.

You can assign shortcuts to commands in the Command list shortcut column. Select the command and type the shortcut in the text field. You can search for commands in the Command List, which is filtered by the search criteria. You can also assign shortcuts by clicking in the shortcut column and tapping keys on their keyboard to create the shortcut (including adding modifiers).

You can also assign shortcuts by dragging a command from the Command list onto a key in the keyboard layout or to the Key modifier list. You can drag keys in the keyboard layout onto a command in the Command List to assign them to the command. When a Panel shortcut has the same assigned shortcut as an Application shortcut, the application-wide shortcut does not function when that panel is active.

When After Effects detects a non-supported keyboard, the default view is to display the U.S. English keyboard. By default, the After Effects Default preset is displayed.

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Long commands assigned to keys are abbreviated. Hover over a key to view a tool tip containing the full name of the command, and information whether it is an Application or Panel shortcut.

Conflicts and resolutions

A warning indicating a shortcut conflict appears when:

  • An Application shortcut already in use by another Application shortcut.
  • A Panel shortcut is already in use by another command in the same panel.
  • A Panel shortcut overrides an Application shortcut when that panel has focus.

Saving custom keyboard shortcut sets

You can modify the shortcuts and save them using the Save As button.

Panels, viewers, workspaces, and windows

Note:

(Mac OS) Shortcuts involving function keys F9-F12 mayconflict with shortcuts used by the operating system. See Mac OSHelp for instructions to reassign Dashboard & Expose shortcuts.

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Note:

You can activate some tools only under certain circumstances.For example, you can activate a camera tool only when the activecomposition contains a camera layer.

Note:

To momentarily activate a tool with a single-letterkeyboard shortcut, hold down the key; release the key to returnto the previously active tool. To activate a tool and keep it active,press the key and immediately release it.

Compositions and the work area

Note:

Some shortcuts are marked with an asterisk (*) to remind youto make sure that Num Lock is on when you use the numeric keypad.

Effects and animation presets

Note:

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Some operations do not affect shy layers.

Note:

Some shortcuts are marked with an asterisk (*) to remind youto 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 (forexample, LL). To use these shortcuts, press the letters in quicksuccession.

Modifying layer properties

Note:

(Mac OS) Shortcuts involving function keys F9-F12 mayconflict with shortcuts used by the operating system. See Mac OSHelp for instructions to reassign Dashboard & Expose shortcuts.

Keyframes and the Graph Editor

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Note:

(Mac OS) Shortcuts involving function keys F9-F12 mayconflict with shortcuts used by the operating system. See Mac OSHelp for instructions to reassign Dashboard & Expose shortcuts.

Result

Windows

macOS

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

To mouse-click point, select text from insertion 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

Note:

Some shortcuts are marked with an asterisk (*) to remind youto make sure that Num Lock is on when you use the numeric keypad.

Saving, exporting, and rendering

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 sometimes in which there’s a conflict with the Mac OS keyboard command.

Click the link below to download a PDF of about 50 of the more commonly used and pouplar keyboard shortcuts.

FAQs

How do I find keyboard shortcuts in after effects? ›

Work with Visual Keyboard Shortcut Editor

Go to the Edit menu on the menu bar → Click on Keyboard Shortcuts (Ctrl+Alt+'). Keyboard layout: A representation of the hardware keyboard where we can view the keys that have been assigned a shortcut and which are available.

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F9 adds and easy ease to your keyframes which will immediately get your motion looking better, and once you learn the secrets of the graph editor will be one of the starting points to fine tuning your animation to perfection.

What does Ctrl K effect? ›

In Microsoft Word and other word processors, pressing Ctrl + K inserts a hyperlink at the text cursor's current location.

What does Ctrl Shift Alt R do? ›

Then try CTRL-SHIFT-ALT-R. It should now "powerwash" - reset to factory defaults.

How do you do easy ease in After Effects? ›

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