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Can't use the Space bar for Keyboard Shortcuts?

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Nov 11, 2016

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I recently upgraded to Animate, and I can't seem to bind the space key in the keyboard shortcuts. Nothing happens when I try pressing the space key to bind it, and using other combinations such as Ctrl+Space don't work either.

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Solution. GetAutoHotkey and add code:

; play/pause toggle Adobe Animate

#IfWinActive, ahk_class Adobe Animate CC 2017

SPACE:: 

ControlSend, ahk_parent, {Enter}

#IfWinActive, ahk_exe Animate.exe

Send {Play}

return

This will let you use the Space bar for Play/Pause toggle when the window is open/active. Also doesn't affect type tool (can still use spaces when typing).

Let me know if it works for you.

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Can't use the Space bar for Keyboard Shortcuts?

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Nov 11, 2016

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I recently upgraded to Animate, and I can't seem to bind the space key in the keyboard shortcuts. Nothing happens when I try pressing the space key to bind it, and using other combinations such as Ctrl+Space don't work either.

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[Here is the list of all Adobe forums... https://forums.adobe.com/welcome]

Solution. GetAutoHotkey and add code:

; play/pause toggle Adobe Animate

#IfWinActive, ahk_class Adobe Animate CC 2017

SPACE:: 

ControlSend, ahk_parent, {Enter}

#IfWinActive, ahk_exe Animate.exe

Send {Play}

return

This will let you use the Space bar for Play/Pause toggle when the window is open/active. Also doesn't affect type tool (can still use spaces when typing).

Let me know if it works for you.

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Jul 03, 2017

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Solution. GetAutoHotkey and add code:

; play/pause toggle Adobe Animate

#IfWinActive, ahk_class Adobe Animate CC 2017

SPACE:: 

ControlSend, ahk_parent, {Enter}

#IfWinActive, ahk_exe Animate.exe

Send {Play}

return

This will let you use the Space bar for Play/Pause toggle when the window is open/active. Also doesn't affect type tool (can still use spaces when typing).

Let me know if it works for you.

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Hello themarten999

Great tip on using the AutoHotkey software to enable Spacebar shortcuts. I have one question for you if you don't mind. I am trying to assign the Spacebar as a shortcut to playback (play/pause) my animation in the timeline. However, since the spacebar is also a shortcut for activating the pan tool when your cursor is hovering over the Stage, this will not work. So what I would like to do is make the shortcut "Alt Spacebar" become my shortcut for timeline playback. Unfortunately, I have tried adding the word "Alt" in several different ways into the script you provided for the original poster but I can't seem to get the script to work. I have just started using AutoHotkey after reading your post so I really don't know much about scripting with it.

Thanks

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 26, 2017

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Use the Hand tool to pan the canvas, shortcut H.

Or use your touch screen.

Don't know why adding Alt doesn't work in the script. Not an expert either. Good luck.

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LOL. Wow. What an insanely solution for a ridiculous oversight.

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Feb 16, 2018

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It's not an oversight, you have to remember in addition to being able to play video and code programs it's ALSO a drawing program. In Animate, the spacebar is used to pan around as noted above and if it didn't behave that way like every single other drawing program does someone would complain about that too. It's done on purpose. Just because you don't like the way a program works doesn't mean it's ridiculous. You can use the Enter key easily enough for the same function.

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How about this one...I just exported my project as a Quicktime. And instead of a black background (which is how I created it) it converts it to white. Im sure there is a very logical explanation for this haha

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Could not get space key to make animation play or move one frame up/back (Sideways keys). Disovered that when the playhead is at the far left end, these shortcut keys don't work. But if you start your animation just a few frames forward of the left side, these keys work again. Took me 3 hours to figure it out. After 2 reboots and a dozen Google searches(which did not have this answer.) Hope this helps.

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