Use to center the play head on the time line.

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In v8.6 on Win10pro x64 I could use <Ctrl><Scroll> to center the play head on the time line.  It would only take zooming in or out by one increment to center the play head on the time line.  That was really helpful when needing to cut out a portion of audio that was extending a bit too far to the left or the right . . . or to get the closest possible zoom when cutting from the beginning of a botched statement to the beginning of it correctly stated.  Just using the scroll bar at the bottom of the window lends it self to "over adjusting".
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have you tried using shift-mouse wheel to scroll the timeline?
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I absolutely agree. This was in version 7 as well. It was very easy to keep the play head centered. Using the shift mousewheel is a two hand operation. In version 7, you could just scroll the mouse wheel to move the play head. Much better way to do it IMO. Trying to grab the slide bar and move it back and forth is not a good solution
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Here's a thought, what about having the ability to have the timeline scroll and keep play head stationary? Just a thought.
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YES!!  This is the exact solution I was hoping for! It is extremely time consuming to have to scroll ahead to see what will need to be edited. I greatly prefer to see where I am going to be walking before I walk there, so to say.
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Editors used to work that. Many moons ago.
 Back when you only had one track of media to work with. It was more practical with one only track to focus on.
With multiple tracks. It could be very distracting and hard to follow. "In my opinion"

You are supposed to be focusing on what going on in the canvas area when editing.

 Having rows of media constantly sliding by underneath, is unacceptable to me.

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Please bring this back.  Or introduce a keyboard shortcut that centers the playhead in the middle of the currently visible timeline.  And it would be nice to have a keyboard shortcut for "show playhead".  Sometimes the playhead gets lost off the right or left side of the timeline and I don't know where it is.  
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I work in professional programs also, where you have the choice of just zooming in on the timeline (as in Camtasia 2018), zoom to center the playhead (my preference), or frozen centered playhead. Everybody works different, and editing projects on a timeline is the number one job of what we (all) do. I've spent the better part of an hour now looking to center my playhead quickly, to find this thread and the disappointing news that Techsmith has made a global decision on how we work on a timeline. When you need to zoom in, rarely do you need what's in front of you, you need to work at the playhead, where all editing decisions are executed. It's so frustrating that I'll have to use Cam 8 to edit, or render the footage and use Adobe or Apple products to edit.
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Has this been bought back in 2019? I have no idea why they would take this away...do the people that make these decisions not use Camtasia?

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Agreed, I don't know why this would not be an option. In my case, it would be much better to have it centered. The designers for Camtasia sure have to some odd ways of looking at things. Maybe they are after a center market that only cares about basic functionality.
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If you hold the "Ctrl" key & scroll.
The playhead will remain stationary in most instances.

It changes position when necessary. Based on level of zoom.
As an example. If you can zoom out  far enough to see all the media on the timeline. The playhead must shift with the shrinking content to remain centered on the area of focus.

This applies to Camtasia 9, 2018 and 2019.