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MacBook shortcuts

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This next feature is aimed at users who own newer generation MacBook Pro laptops. As you probably know, After Effects takes huge advantage of the numeric keypad on extended keyboards. For example, pressing 0 on the numeric keypad to start a RAM Preview. Most laptops don't have numeric keypads, so they duplicate those keys function on top of the normal keyboard. You just need to hold down the Function key to access them. Well for some reason newer generation MacBook Pros don't have these duplicated functions, leaving After Effects users without a way to access those keys.

MacBook shortcuts

This next feature is aimed at users who own newer generation MacBook Pro laptops. As you probably know, After Effects takes huge advantage of the numeric keypad on extended keyboards. For example, pressing 0 on the numeric keypad to start a RAM Preview. Most laptops don't have numeric keypads, so they duplicate those keys function on top of the normal keyboard. You just need to hold down the Function key to access them. Well for some reason newer generation MacBook Pros don't have these duplicated functions, leaving After Effects users without a way to access those keys.

Well, After Effects CS5 has a fix for you. Basically if you hold down the Control key and press the equivalent on the alpha numeric keyboard, you'll get the same functions. For example if you are wanting to press 0 on the numeric keypad to initiate the RAM Preview, hold down Control and press 0 on the normal keyboard, to initiate the RAM Preview. If you are used to tapping the Asterisk key on the numeric keypad to place the marker, hold down Control and press 8. 8 is the key with the Asterisk is on top. And that will place a marker.

Here is a table that shows you all of the new shortcuts, and as I mentioned, just basically hold Control down and press the button that would otherwise make sense on your normal keyboard. This is going to be a big boon for laptop warriors who really missed those duplicated functions.

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