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    request for feedback about proposed change for keyboard shortcut

    Todd_Kopriva Level 8

      One of the top feature requests for After Effects is a keyboard shortcut for showing only properties with keyframes. The keyboard shortcut U shows all animated properties, which means properties with keyframes and/or expressions. There isn't a shortcut for showing only properties with keyframes.


      We’re working on improving this for a future version of After Effects, and we want your input. The After Effects keyboard is already very crowded, so we need to either find a keyboard shortcut that is not currently in use or reassign one. For reference, here’s the list of keyboard shortcuts that show properties in the Timeline panel.


      One idea that we had is to change the U key to show only properties with keyframes, not properties with expressions but no keyframes. (You would still be able to show properties with expressions by pressing EE.)


      Another idea that we had is to expand the use of the U key to three levels:

      • U: Show properties with keyframes (new behavior).
      • UU: Show properties with keyframes and/or expressions (currently assigned to U).
      • UUU: Show all modified properties (currently assigned to UU).


      The problem with either of these approaches is that they change how an existing feature in After Effects works, which means you may need to retrain yourself on how to use the keyboard shortcuts. It also will make some training materials and tutorials obsolete.


      Please tell us what you think. Do you like either of these ideas? Is there another keyboard shortcut that you want it to use? A single key or a key with modifiers? (ie., Shift, Control/Command, Opt/Alt)


      Please, do not use this thread for general conversation about other features. It becomes very hard to tally feedback to a focused question like this if people respond with different feature requests and such. If you want to make a feature request, please do so here. If you want to have a discussion about a different feature, please start a separate thread on this forum.

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