Selecting Audio - the basics

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This page explains only the basics of selecting audio for typical Audacity use. This involves either:

Once all or a region is selected, you can then change that selection's sound with an effect. Another common action is to delete or move the region of audio.

This page is only a brief summary of how to make selections in your project. For further details and visual examples please see the Selecting Audio page.

IBeam.png Selecting a region using the mouse

The easiest way to select a region of audio is to click the left mouse button anywhere inside of an audio track, then drag (in either direction) until the other edge of your selection is made, then release the mouse.

If Selection tool is not selected (default setting), choose IBeam.png from Tools Toolbar, below:

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Selecting the whole of an individual track

The whole of an individual track can be selected by clicking in the empty space Track Control Panel to the left of a track, or by double-clicking in the audio track.

Selecting the entire project

You can select the entire length of all tracks on screen with Select > All or use the shortcut Ctrl + A (or ⌘ + A on a Mac).


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