centering recording tracks

When I minimize Audacity to about 1/2 size horizontally to allow for a split screen when recording,(I post material to be recorded on the left half) the recording track is not centered on my Dell Inspiron laptop. This does not happen with my dell desk top. I have to manually use the the vertical bar to adjust it. This holds true for both the 1.3 and 2.x versions of audacity. Is there something I’m not understanding or is this just the nature of it all when using a laptop and a smaller screen.


Bill Tomcho

To make more room for the waveform you could hide some of the toolbars.
View > Toolbars

Thanks Steve for your quick reply. Removing some of the tool bars did indeed solve the problem. However, it sure would be nice if I didn’t have to remove anything. As I said on my previous post, shrinking Audacity on my desk PC works beautifully. However, it’s nice to know that I can now use my new lap top for some projects.

Bill T.

I agree that can be irritating - it’s probably tied in with the track navigation using UP and DOWN arrow on the keyboard that came in early in 1.3, and it has other manifestations too. I just use UP arrow while (or after stopping) recording to push the track to the top.

If you don’t mind the track fitting to the available vertical window space, you can try putting a checkmark in “Automatically fit tracks vertically zoomed” in the Tracks Preferences. This will fit the recorded track to the vertical space (but not until you stop the recording).