There are two objects in my 3D-view:

  • A red object

  • A white object

Both are overlapping each other.

I have added several keyframes of animation to the red object. When I select the white object, all keyframes disappear from timeline. They reappear if I select the red object again.

Why do keyframes disappear from the timeline?
What am I missing?

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    $\begingroup$ I think this is supposed to happen, the keyframes are hidden to keep the view clean.. $\endgroup$
    – gandalf3
    Aug 1, 2014 at 1:28

4 Answers 4


This is a feature. You only see keyframes for the selected object in the timeline. If you want to see all your keyframes, I would use the Dope Sheet. enter image description here

The arrow icon only shows the key frame from the selected object.

The ghost icon shows keyframes form hidden objects.

The life saver :P(I think that the official name?) shows broken drivers.

  • $\begingroup$ Just to add: Make sure that the arrow in the top right ("only selected") is turned OFF. Otherwise this won't work in 2022 $\endgroup$
    – pixelpax
    May 24, 2022 at 21:32

This is how the timeline works:

The Timeline is not much of an editor, but more of a information and control window.

Here you can have an overview of the animation part of your scene What is the current time frame, either in frames or in seconds, where are the keyframes of the active object, the start and end frames of your animation, markers, etc...

Emphasis mine

If you want to see all the keyframes in the scene, use the dopesheet (ShiftF12). Click the ghost icon in the header to make keyframes on hidden objects visible:

enter image description here

  • $\begingroup$ does it again :-) that ghost icon was what I was looking for! $\endgroup$
    – juFo
    Sep 12, 2018 at 11:41

had the same issue.

the solution in my case was to disable Auto Keying: Editor Type > Timeline > click on the auto key button.

hope this helps


The ghost icon was replaced in new Blender versions by this icon (on the right) ghost icon.


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