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Audacity 2.2.2 Manual

New features in this release

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Guide to the Audacity Project Window

File MenuEdit MenuSelect MenuView MenuTransport MenuTracks MenuGenerate MenuEffect MenuAnalyze MenuHelp MenuMenu BarPause ButtonPlay ButtonStop ButtonSkip to Start ButtonSkip to End ButtonRecord ButtonTransport ToolbarSelection ToolEnvelope ToolDraw ToolZoom ToolTime Shift ToolMulti-ToolTools ToolbarMeter Dropdown MenuMeter Dropdown MenuRecording MeterPlayback MeterPlayback SliderRecording SliderMixer ToolbarCut ButtonCopy ButtonPaste ButtonTrim ButtonSilence Audio ButtonUndo ButtonRedo ButtonZoom In ButtonZoom Out ButtonZoom to Selection ButtonZoom to Fit ButtonZoom ToggleEdit ToolbarTranscription ToolbarHost Dropdown MenuRecording Device Dropdown MenuRecording Channels Dropdown MenuPlayback Device Drop-Down MenuDevice ToolbarUnpinned Play/Recording HeadTimelineScrub Ruler is the primary method to Scrub or Seek. Click in Scrub Ruler then move the mouse to Scrub, or click then drag to Seek, which skips along the audio.Track Close ButtonAudio Track Dropdown MenuMute ButtonSolo ButtonTrack Gain SliderTrack Pan SliderTrack InfoTrack Collapse buttonVertical ScaleLeft Channel of Stereo Audio TrackRight Channel of Stereo Audio TrackTrack Control PanelLabel TrackSelection ToolbarProject Rate Dropdown MenuSnap To OptionsAudio PositionSelection Position boxesSelection ToolbarStatus BarProjectWindowImagemap 222.png
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Help buttons

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Additional Menus on Mac


Using Audacity

Quick Help

Audacity Foundations

Index, Glossary and More

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