Move text layer in timeline without changing its duration?

New Here ,
Feb 22, 2022 Feb 22, 2022

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Hi there.
I'm new to AE. Trying to move text that appears for 2 seconds so that it appears later in the sequence. I'm trying to do this by grabbing and dragging the bar for this text layer in the timeline but when I drag the bar, my cursor extends the duration instead of moving the bar itself. 
I'm able to get my desired outcome by splitting the bar in 2, moving one of the resulting bars and deleting the other one. But I suspect there's a better way to do this. 
Thanks for advice on this!

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Enthusiast ,
Feb 22, 2022 Feb 22, 2022

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If you want to move any layer in your timeline, just click in the middle of it and drag to the left or right.

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Feb 23, 2022 Feb 23, 2022

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Thanks, Jake! Hmm...Maybe this is like when I don't see the ketchup staring right at me from the fridge but I'm still not able to drag the type layer without changing its duration. Here's a clip of my attempt:

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Enthusiast ,
Feb 23, 2022 Feb 23, 2022

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Are you confused that the second one you drag is active before the composition starts? Go to the start of the composition and do Alt + [ to trim the layer to the beginning. (Sorry if this doesn't make sense, it's hard to explain in words)


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Mar 02, 2022 Mar 02, 2022

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I think the fact that the layer starts before the composition is indeed the problem.
I'm working on this project from a remote computer (accessing AE and the project itself through a remote lab) and I realized the remote set-up doesn't fully jive with the keyboard I'm using so I'm not able to fully resolve this with short cut keys but I suspect what you're suggesting is the problem. I can work around it with menu options so I'm good. And hopefully I'll get a computer I can work on directly soon.
Thanks for your help!
- Leni

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Enthusiast ,
Mar 02, 2022 Mar 02, 2022

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Alright then, glad it helped! You can also do Ctrl + Shift D (trim) and delete the bottom layer if that's easier.


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