I am looking for a way to move the timeline a specific amount, scroll, etc. even if the Timeline window is not open. Is this possible?


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1 frame forward
1 frame backward

Shift+ end frame
Shift+ start frame

next keyframe
previous keyframe

⎈ Ctrl⇧ Shift next marker
⎈ Ctrl⇧ Shift previous marker

Ctrl+ 10 frames forward
Ctrl+ 10 frames back

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    $\begingroup$ Alt+A play/pause animation. $\endgroup$
    – ruckus
    Commented Dec 15, 2014 at 20:30
  • $\begingroup$ play/pause I use space key. $\endgroup$
    – rint
    Commented Sep 2, 2023 at 6:22

Hold down the Alt button and start scrolling the Mouse Wheel.

Scrolling down will let you go forward in a Timeline, scrolling up works vice versa. You can do it in almost every window type you want and it works even if the Timeline window is not open.

Note: this shortcut works well in the Video Sequence, NLA, Dope Sheet and Graph editors also. Example Gif


(I know this is an old question, but I got here while looking for an answer. So, just for the record...)

You can change the size of "steps" (or "jumps") Blender does (when pressing Left/Right, Shift + Up/Down, and even Alt + Wheel/Scroll) by changing the "Delta" parameter in the shortcuts "Frame Offset".

Path: Blender User Preferences > Input > search for a shortcut named "Frame Offset". Then change the "Delta" value to whatever you want (default is 10).

Blender User Preferences > Input > Shortcut "Frame Offset"

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    $\begingroup$ And remember to set Shift Down Arrow Delta value to negative! $\endgroup$
    – Mario Mey
    Commented Dec 10, 2017 at 0:16

Being inspired by Paul Gonet's answer and Ricardo Roehe's answer I realized that if you like the mouse scroll method you can use the mouse for the other frame navigation methods too!

Here are some examples... (customize to your liking)

Location: Preferences → Keymap → Frames

Jump 10 frames forward / backward

ShiftAltWheel Down / ShiftAltWheel Up

Jump to next / previous keyframe

CtrlAltWheel Down / CtrlAltWheel Up

Jump to end / start of playback range

ShiftCtrlAltWheel Down / ShiftCtrlAltWheel Up

Note: I could not find commands in the Keymap Preferences for Next / Previous Marker. I'm not sure if they still exist in 2.8+

Hopefully some will find this useful, as you can leave your hand on the modifier keys instead of having to move it over to the arrow keys each time you want to move along the timeline. A configuration like this seems to allow the shortest keyboard travel time.

Note: When configuring shortcuts, checkboxes for "Next Keyframe" or "Last Frame" etc. are greyed out by default. You must click to interact with them to make them active, otherwise these shortcuts won't register. In other words, greyed out does not mean FALSE.


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