Edit Menu: Remove Special

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Items in the Remove Special  cascading Edit menu remove audio or labels (or audio with labels if both are selected) by Split Cut and Split Delete. These removal methods do not affect the audio or labels to right of the selection.

You can also silence or trim audio only, not affecting labels.

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File MenuEdit MenuSelect MenuView MenuTransport MenuTracks MenuGenerate MenuEffect MenuAnalyze MenuHelp MenuExtra MenuMenu BarUndoes the most recent editing actionRedoes the most recently undone editing actionRemoves the selected audio data and/or labels and places these on the Audacity clipboardRemoves the selected audio data and/or labels without copying these to the Audacity clipboardCopies the selected audio data to the Audacity clipboard without removing it from the projectInserts whatever is on the Audacity clipboard at the position of the selection cursor in the project, replacing whatever audio data is currently selected, if anyCreates a new track containing only the current selection as a new clipFor more "advanced" removal of audioCreate or remove separate clips in the audio trackThese commands are to add and edit labelsLabeled Audio commands apply standard Edit Menu commands to the audio of one or more regions that are labeledThe Metadata Editor modifies information about a track, such as the artist and genrePreferences let you change most of the default behaviors and settings of AudacitySame as Cut, but none of the audio data or labels to right of the selection are shiftedSame as Delete, but none of the audio data or labels to right of the selection are shiftedReplaces the currently selected audio with absolute silenceDeletes all audio but the selectionEdit-Remove SpecialMenu.png
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Mac users: Ctrl = and Alt = Option. So, for example, Ctrl + Alt + K = ⌘ + Option + K
Warning icon You may hear a click at the edit points when you remove or paste audio. This can be caused by DC offset in the waveform or by poor selection of the edit points. See this Editing Frequently Asked Question for how to deal with this.

Split Cut  Ctrl + Alt + X

Same as Edit > Cut, but none of the audio data or labels to right of the selection are shifted. A gap is thus left behind in the audio track which splits the existing audio clip into two clips that can be moved independently using Time Shift Tool.

Split Cut with audio selected:
EditMenuRemoveSpecial InitialSelection.png
EditMenuRemoveSpecial SplitCut 2.png

This is also a useful command to remove one label of a group of labels without affecting the other labels (be sure to select only in the label track unless you want to cut the audio as well as the label). The labels following the deleted section do not move to the left. The labels still correspond to the same audio regions. This is a quick way to delete a label without affecting any other labels on the Label Track.

Split Cut with label selected:
EditMenuRemoveSpecial SplitDelete 1.png
EditMenuRemoveSpecial SplitDelete 2.png

Split Delete  Ctrl + Alt + K

Same as Edit > Split Cut but the audio and/or labels are not put on the clipboard.

The following two commands affect the audio in the selection but do not affect any labels that are in the selection.

Tool edit silence.png Silence Audio  Ctrl + L

Replaces the selected audio with silence.

EditMenuRemoveSpecial InitialSelection.png
EditMenuRemoveSpecial Silence 2.png

Trim.png Trim Audio  Ctrl + T

Removes all audio from the current clip except the selected part, creating its own clip from the remaining audio. If there are other separate clips in the same track these are not removed or shifted.

EditMenuRemoveSpecial InitialSelection.png
EditMenuRemoveSpecial Trim 2.png
Result: the audio in the clip to the right is unaffected.

If an entire clip (or clips) is selected then all other clips on the track will be deleted.

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