cut tool missing from audacity 3.2.1


I just updated to audacity 3.2.1 (windowsx64). I was so use to just cutting by clicking on the scissors. Now, cut (scissors) tool is missing from the taskbar. How do I add it?


You don’t, sorry

Muse removed these for 3.2.1 (and onwards) as part of tidying up the GUI.

You have a few options:

  1. Right-click in the waveform to get a context menu

  2. use the Edit Menu: Edit>Cut etc.

  3. use the shortcuts
    Ctrl+C => Copy
    Ctrl+K => Delete
    Ctrl+V => Paste
    Ctrl+X => Cut (actually cut and copy)

You are not the first person to complain about these missing buttons and I suspect that you will not be the last - but Muse are fairly adamant about not bringing them back, sorry.

See this thread:
and there are other similar threads

And see this issue that I logged on GitHub but which Muse closed
Restore the Cut, Copy and Paste buttons as a new (hidden by default) toolbar #3693


Yes, I too miss the cut tool! Please have Muse reconsider bringing it back in the next update…

I too find the removal of the shortcut icons for Cut/Copy/Paste a step backwards, especially with so much free space in the toolbar area. With the extra steps now required for the editing, workflow is hampered. Sigh!

Good news …

you may see these buttons coming back in a brand new toolbar which will be hidden by default but easily made visible through the View>Toolbars menu.

I manged to persuade Martin Keary (aka Tantacrul) from Muse that this was an important requirement for some folk - so he reopened the Enhancement Request for this that I posted
Restore the Cut, Copy and Paste buttons as a new (hidden by default) toolbar #3693

This is unlikely to be in any of the upcoming 3.2.x maintenance releases, but could well be on the cards for 3.3