Solo Properties Keyboard Shortcut in After Effects

Solo Properties in After Effects

Having all of the properties open in the After Effects timeline can be overwhelming and frustrating. Especially, when working on smaller laptop screens. Let me show you how to fix this problem with a simple keyboard shortcut called Solo Properties.

I use this keyboard shortcut every day. It is a simple keyboard shortcut, but you will be surprised to know how many motion designers never heard of it. In fact, the third comment in our Solo Properties YouTube video says the following: “3 Years of after effects, I did not know about this trick until now.” Sometimes the simplest keyboard shortcuts are the most effective.

Let’s open up After Effects and dive right in!

Here we are in After Effects. I have a text layer, a shape layer, and the background.

Step 1: Select All Layers

LEFT-CLICK and drag over all of the layers in the After Effects timeline.

Select all layers in After Effects

Step 2: Collapse the Layers

 LEFT-CLICK on the collapse icon in the timeline to see all of the properties.

Collapse after effects layersProperties in After Effects

Step 3: Select Multiple Properties

Individually select all the properties we want to keep on our timeline with a keyboard shortcut  CTRL+LEFT-CLICK on a PC or CMD+LEFT-CLICK on a Mac.

Selecting properties in After Effects

Step 4: Solo Properties Keyboard Shortcut

Then with all of the properties selected, all we have to do is just press S twice on our keyboard. That simple!

Solo Properties After Effects shortcut

I hope you found this After Effects Solo Properties Tip useful. You can check out all of our Tips on our website. Also, make sure to subscribe to our email list!

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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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