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Whats the shortcut to collapse all layers?

Explorer ,
Oct 07, 2015 Oct 07, 2015

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Im looking for a way to collapse all 40 something layers Ive got open with a quick and simple keyboard shortcut and I can't find it anywhere. Ive googled and searched this forum without any success, all the shortcuts are outdated for the new AE versions

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Community Expert , Oct 07, 2015 Oct 07, 2015

W‌ith no layers selected press the u key once to collapse all or if you get keyframes showing press u again. To reveal all settings on all layers that have been modified press the u key quickly twice.

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LEGEND ,
Oct 07, 2015 Oct 07, 2015

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Select the timeline, Cmd/Ctl-a, hit the triangle twirly on just one layer.  Maybe the u key will work, or the u-u trick.  It's not a keyboard shortcut, but it's faster than one-by-one.

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W‌ith no layers selected press the u key once to collapse all or if you get keyframes showing press u again. To reveal all settings on all layers that have been modified press the u key quickly twice.

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Explorer ,
Oct 07, 2015 Oct 07, 2015

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thanks guys, both work but rick's is exactly what I was looking for, much appreciated

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 22, 2017 Feb 22, 2017

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Thank you Rick Gerard

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LEGEND ,
Nov 06, 2017 Nov 06, 2017

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The official collapse/expand shortcut is Ctrl+ ~ (accent grave/ Tilda)

https://helpx.adobe.com/after-effects/using/layer-properties.html

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 01, 2021 Dec 01, 2021

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Cannot find Collapse nor Expand in the keyboard-shortcuts. When searching for Tilde or Accent Grave amongst used keys, nothing is found. Reading the linked adobe-help doesn't give any hint either on how to get a shortcut to collapse/close all layers.

 

The U/UU-thing works, but demands all layers to be selected - which easily can be done with cmd+A, but is there any shortcut to deselect them afterwards? Yes, there was. cmd+shift+A. Phew.

 

Who knew that such a small but important thing to collapse all layers would be almost impossible if you don't have a US-keyboard.

 

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Dec 14, 2023 Dec 14, 2023

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Unfortunatly this does not work for layers with properties driven by expressions.

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New Here ,
Apr 18, 2020 Apr 18, 2020

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Im using AF 2020, now you can collapse all layers by unselecting all layers and press 'U' Key

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Community Beginner ,
May 29, 2022 May 29, 2022

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Back in the days when I started fiddling around with the need to collapse all open layers, I didn't know what U did. It shows only keyframes on selected (or all) layers. This is a very powerful shortcut to minimize the clutter of non-important information.

The method of hitting U to open Keyframes, and then U again to close it all of course also works with all the other expant-property-shortcuts like A, S, P, R, T and so on.

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