# Key frames appear in dopesheet but not in the timeline

When animating, i just realised that sometimes when i add a keyframe, it appears in the dopesheet but not in the timeline!! Why?

• Could you post a .blend where this happens? – Mörkö Aug 4 '16 at 8:54
• and / or elaborate on which property you are keyframing when this happens with a screenshot, or a datapath (right click select Copy Datapath) – batFINGER Aug 4 '16 at 9:01
• Timeline requires you to have the object selected, where as the dope sheet allows you to see any and all keyframes. – Luka ash Aug 4 '16 at 14:27
• Thank you all for the answers above...everything is okay now..i just hadnt selected any object in the view port – sanya blender Aug 4 '16 at 20:05

The timeline and dopesheet are very different things. The timeline isn't very interactive. The only thing you can do with it is change what frame your on and add markers. The dopesheet allows to move keyframes, copy keyframes, and way more. The timeline will only show keyframes for the object that's currently selected. but you can't do anything with a keyframe on the timeline.

An update if anyone is still having problems seeing keyframes on the timeline even though the object is selected. On the far left of the timeline there is a tiny arrow, if you click and drag this open you will see a summary of keyed items. Opening all of these and selecting one or two will, kinda reset your view. Hope this helps someone.

• Yep, and without selecting an object at all, just clicking the arrow. Seems like a bug. – person27 Aug 3 at 2:00

Both are different and have different usage. From it's name, the Timeline allows you to change the time of the animation played. Along with the current frame, only inserted keyframes (using I) will be displayed on the timeline. More details can be found in blender's manual Timeline Editor

While Blender's Dopesheet gives you a "bird's eye-view" of everything occurring within the seen. More details can be found in Dopesheet

The timeline is like the dopesheet now, you can move up-down keyframes with the scroll mouse, some times as we work a lot with the zoom in the viewport, the keyframes are going up with (shift + scroll button).

just clik (shift + scroll down) in the time line and you should see your keyframes ;)

For future reference for anyone who has a similar issue, I would like to recommend that you use the middle mouse button to look around in your timeline. I had the same issue as the one above but upon closer inspection i realized that i had not looked futher up my timeline and that was the issue.

Hope this helps!

If you're in Blender 2.82+ click the eye icon twice to see graphs/keyframes that aren't showing up.

Thx to similar answer from Unnamed Sentient Being which got me fiddling with things.