After Effects Tip: Hide Properties Keyboard Shortcut

After Effects properties can sometimes clutter our monitors. It can be frustrating having all of our properties open all at once. Especially, when working on smaller laptop screens. Let me show you a better way to hide After Effects properties with a simple keyboard shortcut called Hide Properties. I use this shortcut every day.

It is very similar to the Solo Properties keyboard shortcut. In the Solo Properties example, we individually selected all the properties we wanted to keep in our timeline with a keyboard shortcut CTRL+LEFT-CLICK on a PC/CMD+LEFT-CLICK on a Mac.

Selecting properties in After Effects

Then we hit S twice on our keyboard and it isolated all of our selected properties for us.

Solo Properties After Effects shortcut

The Hide Properties Keyboard Shortcut does the exact opposite. It hides our properties instead of just isolating them.

Applying Hide Properties Keyboard Shortcut

To hide properties in After Effects, we fist need to hold ALT+SHIFT on a PC /OPTION+SHIFT on a Mac. Then LEFT-CLICK on any of the properties we do not want to see in the timeline. That simple! However, let’s take it a step further.

Hide Properties Keyboard Shortcut After Effects

Hiding Property Groups

We can also hide the whole group of properties in After Effects. To do that, hold ALT+SHIFT on a PC /OPTION+SHIFT on a Mac. Then LEFT-CLICK on any of the groups you do not want to see. It will disappear with just one click.

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About the author:

Sergei Prokhnevskiy

Sergei Prokhnevskiy is a Charlotte, NC based motion graphics designer, an online tutor, an entrepreneur, and Adobe MAX Master Speaker. Sergei is known for his quick and practical After Effects tips and tricks on YouTube, where he generated well over 6 million views on his tutorials. He has authored an online video course on After Effects Expressions and developed scripts for After Effects. He is also a former senior motion graphics designer at Fox Sports where he worked on graphics for NFL, Super Bowl, MLB, World Series, College Football, NASCAR, Women’s World Cup, and NASCAR Race Hub. He is very passionate about learning and teaching others.


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