After Effects Keyboard Shortcuts You Probably Never Knew Existed

Remembering these will make you faster and look like a pro in front of clients!

These shortcuts are for Mac. If you’re using a PC:
1. I’m very sorry about that
2. Replace cmd with ctrl

nb:
This is aimed at people who know their way around After Effects, however its good for everyone. The earlier you start using shortcuts & the more you use them, your brains are committed to memory and you wont have to think when using them.

Timeline Stuff

Shift selected keyframes on the timeline
alt + ← & →

Un-Solo other layers except this one
alt + click solo

Select layer above / below on timeline
cmd + ↑ & ↓

Create stuff

Or you could just use this plugin if you always forget.

Light = Cmd+Alt+Shift+L
Camera = Cmd+Alt+Shift+C
Null = Cmd+Alt+Shift+Y
Adjustment Layer = Cmd+Alt+Y

Create solid = Cmd+Y
(modify a solid = Cmd+Shift+Y)

Modify stuff:
Change Solid settings = Cmd+Shift+Y

Zooming & viewport stuff

zoom to 100% = /
fit zoom to window = Shift+/

Fonts

Increase / Decrease selected font size = Shift+Cmd+ < or >

Additional Tools

This toolbar plugin is great for adding quick access to commonly used tasks.
http://aescripts.com/ft-toolbar/

nb: I’m occasionally updating this list as i find useful more useful shortcuts worth remembering