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How do you dock the comp panel again?

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Feb 09, 2017

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i know this has probably been mentioned a million times here, but one of the more aggravating things for me in AE is unlike PSD, when you undock and dock panels with ease, it just seems extremely difficult to do in AE.  See image below:

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the comp panel is undocked and i've looked everywhere to learn how to dock it again but have just not been able to figure it out.  i just basically want it to be docked again vs floating as seen above.

can someone tell me how to do this?  thanks.

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You can grab it by the name and move it to where you want it docked.

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How do you dock the comp panel again?

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i know this has probably been mentioned a million times here, but one of the more aggravating things for me in AE is unlike PSD, when you undock and dock panels with ease, it just seems extremely difficult to do in AE.  See image below:

dock.jpg

the comp panel is undocked and i've looked everywhere to learn how to dock it again but have just not been able to figure it out.  i just basically want it to be docked again vs floating as seen above.

can someone tell me how to do this?  thanks.

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Correct answer by Szalam | Adobe Community Professional

You can grab it by the name and move it to where you want it docked.

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You can grab it by the name and move it to where you want it docked.

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Thank you!  One more question.  Is there some way I can revert the entire layout of AE to its basic layout that comes out of the box when it's first installed?

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You can reset workspaces, yes.

Click the little hamburger doohickey next to the layout you want are using (AE comes with several pre-built workspaces, so you'll need to pick one - I think it starts with Essentials) and choose Reset to Saved Layout.

Alternatively, you can hold all the hot keys while starting AE to prompt After Effects to give you the option to trash your preferences and start over, but that trashes ALL of your preferences, so maybe don't do that one.

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Great I'll give that a whirl.  Thanks so much!

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No problem!

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Thaank you so much

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That's correct, but it's a mystery why there is an Undock Panel but not a Dock Panel or Re-Dock Panel option in the menu. Think about that from a beginner's perspective. The natural, intuitive way to re-dock would be to go right back to the dropdown and click Dock Panel. The omission is very frustrating, considering what a simple maneuver it is. AE has baskets of these non-intuitive features that absolutely require forums like this. I love the Support Community, but I hate the fact that I have to go deep-diving to uncover the mystery of how to do such simple things like re-dock a panel. You HAVE to grab it by the name? Who would ever guess that? No one, and that is the whole point of my rant. Sorry. Thanks for the tip.

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