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At the bottom-left corner of the 3D view there is some white text with the name of the selected object, preceded by a number in parentheses. What does this number mean?

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    $\begingroup$ It shows what frame on a timeline you already are. $\endgroup$
    – Paul Gonet
    Feb 24, 2016 at 18:21
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    $\begingroup$ I thought it was the up count on the first comment on the BSE question within the first 8 minutes $\endgroup$ Feb 24, 2016 at 18:30
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    $\begingroup$ By the way explanation in the wiki of it probably should be modified. $\endgroup$
    – Mr Zak
    Feb 24, 2016 at 18:38

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It shows what frame on a timeline you already are. It is very useful if you e.g. maximized the window with View -> Toggle Maximize Area (Shift+Space) and don't see your time cursor (the green vertical line) on the Timeline. Please see how to navigate it btw (What are the hotkeys to navigate the timeline?).

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It's also very helpful as it shows what frame on a timeline the animation keyframe is inserted (the number changes the color from white to orange then).

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