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Chapter 3. Managing Footage > Finding Items in the Project

Finding Items in the Project

After Effects 5 includes a handy Find button in the Project window 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).

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).

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, check the options you want to use to modify your search:

Match Whole Word Only— If you check this option, After Effects will only locate items that match the entire word you entered in the Find field.

Match Case— If you check 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) will not locate the item called background (with a lowercase b).

Find Missing Footage— With this option checked, 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).

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



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