To modify keyboard shortcuts in After Effects, do the following:

  1. In After Effects, choose one of the following:

    • Edit > Preferences > General (Windows)
    • After Effects > Preferences > General (Mac OS)
  2. On the Preferences dialog box, click the Reveal Preferences in Explorer (Windows) or Reveal Preferences in Finder (Mac OS) button.

  3. The Install Directory is opened, with the Preferences file selected. Depending on your operating system, open either of the following files:

    • Adobe After Effects <version> Win en_US Shortcuts.txt


    • Adobe After Effects <version> Mac en_US Shortcuts.txt

    You can modify keyboard shortcuts in this text file.


    If you modify a keyboard shortcut to a combination that already exists, it results in a conflict. Ensure that the new combination you enter has not been used already.


On Mac OS, some keyboard commands for interacting with the operating system conflict with keyboard commands for interacting with After Effects. Select Use System Shortcut Keys in the General preferences to override the After Effects keyboard command in some cases in which there’s a conflict with the Mac OS keyboard command.

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