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How to see applied expressions on a layer

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Hi Guys,

I am new to After Effects and trying to learn Expressions. I can see they are very useful and powerful but one thing that I am struggling with is to keep track of which properties have expressions applied to them. If in a layer, I apply expressions to multiple properties, is there any way to see only those properties? Is there any shortkey that you can press while the layer is highlghted to see any applied expressions?

 

Thanks in advance.

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Correct answer by Rick Gerard | Adobe Community Professional

Any property that shows up in red has an expression. Pressing the 'u' key twice shows every property you have modified, including layers with expressions. Pressing the 'e' key twice, as Mylenium suggested, will reveal all expressions. If no layers are selected when you use the shortcuts all layers will show the results. If one or more layers are selected when you use the shortcuts only the modified properties or the expressions on the selected layers will show up. 

 

Here is one more hint, and I use this all the time. Let's say that I have several shape layers, some of them have rectangles and some of the rectangles have Rectangle > Transform Rectangle position properties with expressions. I also want to see the scale properties of all selected shape layers. Here's the shortcut:

 

Click in the Search bar in the timeline and start typing "sca" and by the time you get there all the scale properties in the selected layers should show up, now add a comma and type "rect" and by that time all of the rectangle properties should show up, then keep typing and as each property is named the displayed items appear. The nicest thing about that trick is as soon as the property you want appears you can just add a comma and start typing the name of another property. It will save you hours.

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How to see applied expressions on a layer

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Hi Guys,

I am new to After Effects and trying to learn Expressions. I can see they are very useful and powerful but one thing that I am struggling with is to keep track of which properties have expressions applied to them. If in a layer, I apply expressions to multiple properties, is there any way to see only those properties? Is there any shortkey that you can press while the layer is highlghted to see any applied expressions?

 

Thanks in advance.

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Correct answer by Rick Gerard | Adobe Community Professional

Any property that shows up in red has an expression. Pressing the 'u' key twice shows every property you have modified, including layers with expressions. Pressing the 'e' key twice, as Mylenium suggested, will reveal all expressions. If no layers are selected when you use the shortcuts all layers will show the results. If one or more layers are selected when you use the shortcuts only the modified properties or the expressions on the selected layers will show up. 

 

Here is one more hint, and I use this all the time. Let's say that I have several shape layers, some of them have rectangles and some of the rectangles have Rectangle > Transform Rectangle position properties with expressions. I also want to see the scale properties of all selected shape layers. Here's the shortcut:

 

Click in the Search bar in the timeline and start typing "sca" and by the time you get there all the scale properties in the selected layers should show up, now add a comma and type "rect" and by that time all of the rectangle properties should show up, then keep typing and as each property is named the displayed items appear. The nicest thing about that trick is as soon as the property you want appears you can just add a comma and start typing the name of another property. It will save you hours.

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The pertinent shortcut is EE. Please read the help on shortcuts.

 

https://helpx.adobe.com/after-effects/using/keyboard-shortcuts-reference.html

 

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Any property that shows up in red has an expression. Pressing the 'u' key twice shows every property you have modified, including layers with expressions. Pressing the 'e' key twice, as Mylenium suggested, will reveal all expressions. If no layers are selected when you use the shortcuts all layers will show the results. If one or more layers are selected when you use the shortcuts only the modified properties or the expressions on the selected layers will show up. 

 

Here is one more hint, and I use this all the time. Let's say that I have several shape layers, some of them have rectangles and some of the rectangles have Rectangle > Transform Rectangle position properties with expressions. I also want to see the scale properties of all selected shape layers. Here's the shortcut:

 

Click in the Search bar in the timeline and start typing "sca" and by the time you get there all the scale properties in the selected layers should show up, now add a comma and type "rect" and by that time all of the rectangle properties should show up, then keep typing and as each property is named the displayed items appear. The nicest thing about that trick is as soon as the property you want appears you can just add a comma and start typing the name of another property. It will save you hours.

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Thank you Rick, you answered my original question and also gave an excellent tip to increase productivity!

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