Something has reversed the Alt+click behavior. Restart your system, check your system keyboard settings, trash the AE shortcut files...
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Tacroy, I just found your thread and a similar thing happened to me. Double clicking any comp in my project window did NOT open them in the timeline. Had to drop a current comp on a new comp to "pre-comp" it essentially which force opened it in the timeline area. Then i double clicked it inside the worthless pre-comp to open it in timeline then deleted the worthless pre-comp up in the project panel. Also double clicking the mask tool to apply a full size mask to a layer was not working... I searched a ton of threads and eventually just decided to "re-set" my current workspace and everything went back to normal. Not sure what the bug was or where AE got trapped. I even rebooted AE and my computer a few times to return to the same error. Re-setting the workspace was the only thing that fixed it. Not sure if this helps since this happened to you so long ago, but perhaps will help someone else who has the issue
Maybe it sounds super stupid but it really happened to me: I suddenly noticed that double click wouldn't open any comps and if I tried to click and drag-select anything in the comp view or click and move an object it would suddenly send far away from the comp view.
Then I realized there was a tiny dog hair in the sensor of my mouse. I got rid of it and it all worked ok. Hope it helps someone, even 4 years late!
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Haa ha!. Hair of the Dog.
Yes this behaviour started for me last week, after opening a project from a freelancer. AE also stopped updating video.
So we spent a project, left clicking/ open composition then:
Instead of using the engrained shortcut V to get to the trusty selection tool, actually bring up the tool palette and click on the selection tool. This fixed it.
It really depends on what tool is actually selected. "V" selection opens comp timeline, while drawing tools open drawing window.
This problem just happened to me. For some reason, using Alt-double-click now opens certain precomps properly; regular double-clicking opens the source. The weird thing is thing is that other comps with precomps in this same project file will open properly with a double-click. I'm guessing something is internally screwed up in the project.
This seems to happen in only this particular project; other projects are fine.
For now, I'll keep using Alt-double-click where normal double-click isn't working. Just posting this info in case anybody else runs into this weirdness and none of the previous suggestions apply.