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I am relatively new to Blender animation. I find myself unable to move or delete keyframes in the Dopesheet Editor. I also see that they have a ghosted appearance. How do I change these keyframes (back?) to an editable state once more?

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    $\begingroup$ hello, could you please share your file (the object itself, not the rest of your scene)? upload and copy paste the URL it will create: pasteall.org/blend $\endgroup$
    – moonboots
    Commented Feb 9, 2022 at 9:08
  • $\begingroup$ Please clarify your specific problem or provide additional details to highlight exactly what you need. As it's currently written, it's hard to tell exactly what you're asking. $\endgroup$
    – Community Bot
    Commented Feb 9, 2022 at 10:10
  • $\begingroup$ The question was specific. I can't edit these keyframes and -don't know- why. Help me to learn possible actions that could have led to the problem. It's as concise as you would expect in this kind of new-user question. That said, I figured out what was happening and will post the answer to the question as-stated: "How do I change these back to an editable state?" $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 9, 2022 at 12:27

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enter image description here I figured it out. I had Appended the character Armature from a different .blend scene file. Whether by accident or design, this Action (highlighted in the sample image) came in as "linked". This means it is "linked" to the data in that other file and would only change if the action were changed in the source file and then re-evaluated here, locally. The benefit of this is that the animation could be stored in an Action, re-used in multiple other scenes and then updated in one place, with the change then propagating out to the Linked scenes. enter image description here In my case, looking at the list of Actions revealed one that had a small icon next to it of a small chain (see image). In the second image, I have selected that Action and hovering on the chain icon revealed that I could "click to make local". I did so and can now edit the keyframes as-expected.

Less than one year into my transition to Blender, I see that I have a lot to learn.


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