Check the "Preview" panel. There's a "From current time" option...
Ah thanks I had the panel cut-off and the bottom line of options wasn't being displayed :-)
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Also, spacebar isn't the ideal way to preview in AE. You should really be generating a RAM preview instead. More info on previewing in AE here. Also, as it appears you're new to AE, I highly recommend that you start here to learn AE. You really need a foundation in the basics before you charge ahead or you'll end up frustrated an awful lot at AE.
Thanks for the links Szalam. Yes, 'spacebar is not an option, people'.
Could have used those links 2 weeks ago! Gave myself a crash course in AE consulting Dr Google and Ms YouTube on the things I was looking to do and did some patient reading of the manual (old school player).
I have 4 years working in Quartz Composer (Noise Industries make all their AE and NLE plugins using Apple's Quartz Composer framework) and a lifetime in AI, PS, ID etc all the way back to MacPaint and MacDraw but it was still hard to get the hang of AE's quirks for quite some time. Will check out your respources when my deadline passes.
Yeah, AE's got its own fun way of working. The getting started link I gave you should help you with that.