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Cant select layers with selection tool (ae)

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Dec 28, 2019 Dec 28, 2019

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so i got this weird problem... i cannot select my layers with the selection tool in after effects, i need to go to 'all the layers thingy' to select what i want and since i have a bunch of layers, its really annoying...

i hope i explained it right.. 

can anyone help me please?

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Adobe Community Professional , Dec 28, 2019 Dec 28, 2019
Make sure the direct selection tool is active by pressing "v" on the keyboard. Make sure the timeline is active and the comp panel, not the layer panel is in view. Click on a layer. If that doesn't work try resetting your preferences by holding down Shift + Alt/Option + Ctrl/Cmnd when you launch AE or by using the Preferences panel to navigate to the preferences panel and rename it and restart AE.

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Dec 28, 2019 Dec 28, 2019

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Moving to the After Effects forum from Community Help

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Dec 28, 2019 Dec 28, 2019

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Please add more details.

Where can't you select the layer, in the timeline or comp-view panel?

Have you checked if the layers are locked?

Do you use the correct tool so select the layers?

Add a short video to gives us an image of the issue, please.

 

*Martin

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Make sure the direct selection tool is active by pressing "v" on the keyboard. Make sure the timeline is active and the comp panel, not the layer panel is in view. Click on a layer.

 

If that doesn't work try resetting your preferences by holding down Shift + Alt/Option + Ctrl/Cmnd when you launch AE or by using the Preferences panel to navigate to the preferences panel and rename it and restart AE.

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Apr 28, 2021 Apr 28, 2021

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Hi Community,

I noticed that this post was getting traffic due to a recent issue with After Effects v. 18.1 and the Selection tool with the shortcut to select it, "V."

 

Thanks,
Kevin

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