Delete area in Edit greyed out

In trying to delete an error in speech, I selected the area to delete, went to edit but found the item greyed out, why is this?

C O’Hara

You’re probably in Pause mode. You must be in Stop mode to edit.
– Bill

Hi, thank you for that. Am I correct in assuming that selecting Stop puts you into a new track and you can no longer edit this track you are working on?

No. It might seem that way.

You can edit any track you want, but sometimes it’s a little magic to select the portion to edit.

First I would turn off Auto Update Screen. That can be handy when you’re recording—to have the screen and blue waves keep up with the live performance—but during editing that can make you nuts.

Audacity > Preferences > Tracks > [_] Update Display… (de-select).

Zooming is essential. The idea is to start with the whole show and zoom into the portion you want to work on.

Zoom (Mac)
– Drag-select something on the timeline and zoom into it. Command-E
– Zoom out a little bit. Command-3
– Zoom out full. Command-F

– Shift-ScrollWheel or Shift-TouchPadScrub will shift the timeline view left and right (sooner and later).

You should also know that clicking in the time bar along the top edge will start playing at that point.

Spacebar flips between Stop and Play.

There are pages and pages of different zoom, management and positioning tools, but those are the ones I use all the time.


Clicking the Stop button may change the focus, but you can edit any track at any time (as long as your are in Stop mode) by selecting in that track.

For example, see Selecting Audio in the manual.

– Bill

Thank you, you good people you are most helpful, I look forward to getting stuck in to my project again.

Kind regards,

C O’Hara