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Finding Items in a Project

The Project window includes a handy Find button to help you unearth items from your project that you've lost track of. Use it, and you'll never need to search through folders again.

To find an item in the Project window

  1. In the Project window, click the Find button ( Figure 3.8 ).
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    Figure 3.8 In the Project window, click the Find button.

    A Find dialog box appears.

  2. Enter all or part of the name of the item you're looking for in the Find field ( Figure 3.9 ).
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    Figure 3.9 In the Find dialog box, enter all or part of the name of the item you're looking for, and select the options you want.

    You can modify the search parameters by choosing the options described in the next step.

  3. In the Find dialog box, select the options you want to use to modify your search: Match Whole Word Only— If you select this option, After Effects will only locate items that match the entire word you entered in the Find field.

    Match Case— If you select this option, After Effects will look for items that include the Find field's content, taking letter case into account. For example, a search for Background (with an uppercase B) won't locate the item called background (with a lowercase b).

    Find Missing Footage— With this option selected, After Effects will find missing footage—that is, items that have lost their reference to a source file.

  4. Click OK to search for the item.

    The first item that matches the criteria you specified appears selected in the Project window ( Figure 3.10 ).

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    Figure 3.10 The first item that matches the criteria you specified appears selected in the Project window.

To find the next item that matches the most recent Find criteria

  • Option-click (Mac) or Alt-click (Windows) the Find button.

    The next item that matches the most recent Find criteria appears selected in the Project window. When After Effects has searched to the end of the project, a dialog box prompts you to continue the search from the beginning of the project or to cancel the search ( Figure 3.11 ).

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    Figure 3.11 When After Effects has searched to the end of the project, a dialog box prompts you to continue the search from the beginning of the project or cancel the search.

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