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Previewing and scrubbing your animation

Previewing and scrubbing let you see and fine-tune your animation as you're working on it. The animation preview and scrubbing tools only show animation; events in the events track are not triggered.

Previewing your animation

As you're creating your animations, you can see how they will look in the workspace by clicking the Play button  at the top of the timeline. You can also play and pause the animation preview by pressing the Enter key. The playhead position determines where the preview will start, and moves along the timeline while the preview is playing to indicate the current point in the animation that's showing.

To loop the preview playback, click the Repeat play button  at the top of the timeline and then click Play. Animation playback is meant only to help you visualize your animation -- you can't make edits or other changes while the animation preview is playing.

Looping the animation preview differs from looping a layer.
  • Looping a layer changes the animation. The animation for that element will loop in the published document.
  • Looping the animation preview causes the preview playback to run continuously, restarting from the beginning once it reaches the end of the animation. The final published document is unaffected.


Scrubbing lets you see how a particular segment of your animation looks in the workspace as it plays forward and backward at a manually controlled speed. To scrub your animation, click the top of the playhead and drag it back and forth over the part of the timeline you want to test.

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