Zoom and scroll in the Timeline

Being able to see and get to any point in your project is critical to efficient editing and storytelling. There are many ways to adjust the view of the Timeline. Learning keyboard shortcuts can save you time.

Fit the entire contents of the Timeline into the available window size

Whether you’re zoomed in to a single clip or zoomed out so far that all the clips in your project appear on the left side of the Timeline, you can quickly change the view so that all the clips fill the visible part of the Timeline and no scrolling is required.

  • Choose View > Zoom to Fit (or press Shift–Z).

    Timeline shown before choosing Zoom to Fit
    Timeline shown after choosing Zoom to Fit

Zoom in to and out of the Timeline using the Zoom slider

  • To zoom in to the Timeline: Drag the Zoom slider to the right, or press Command–Plus Sign (+).

  • To zoom out of the Timeline: Drag the Zoom slider to the left, or press Command–Minus Sign (–).

    Zoom slider

Zoom in to and out of the Timeline using the Zoom tool

  1. Choose the Zoom tool from the Tools pop-up menu in the toolbar (or press Z).

    Zoom tool in Tools pop-up menu

    The pointer changes to the Zoom tool icon .

    Tip: To switch to the Zoom tool temporarily, hold down the Z key. When you release the Z key, the tool reverts to the previously active tool.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To zoom in to the Timeline: Click the section of the Timeline you want to zoom in to. (You can also drag over an area of the Timeline to zoom in to just that area.)

      Click multiple times to continue zooming in.

    • To zoom out of the Timeline: Option-click the section of the Timeline you want to zoom out of.

      Option-click multiple times to continue zooming out.

Scroll a zoomed-in Timeline

  1. Zoom in to the Timeline until you see a portion of the project only.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Drag the slider at the bottom of the Timeline left or right.

    • Drag the slider at the right side of the Timeline up or down.

    • Choose the Hand tool from the Tools pop-up menu in the toolbar (or press H), and drag in the Timeline.

      Hand tool in Tools pop-up menu

    Tip: To switch to the Hand tool temporarily, hold down the H key. When you release the H key, the tool reverts to the previously active tool.

Note: You can use a variety of keyboard shortcuts and Multi-Touch gestures to zoom and scroll in the Timeline. For more information, see Keyboard shortcuts and Multi-Touch gestures.