Deleting extra sound from .wav

I wish I could give a screen shot with this so you can see what I"m talking about but here goes.
I’m new to audacity, and I’m following a video tutorial. When I click play to play the file and be able to highlight the exact spot this background is so i can do clear/repair (whichever option works when I test them), the needle-like line that is supposed to move from left to right with the progression of the audio file is not present at all. It will play just fine, but I have no idea without seeing this needle move where I need to be highlighting. Are there other ways to be able to know where to highlight?

Sorry I didn’t meant to double post. I didn’t realize my first post was still in moderation as a while later it still said 0 on my profile. Personally I like my second post better than the first so you can delete the first one if you want and keep the second one:)

Moderator note: Done :slight_smile:

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Audacity does not make video tutorials. Video tutorials can be wrong or they can be confusing because they are about some other version of Audacity than the one you have.

Make sure you have Audacity 2.0.6 from then you can use the online Manual You may find this useful: Tutorial - Editing an Existing Audio File.

If the audio isn’t scrolling when you play it, Edit > Preferences…, then the Tracks section, then put a tick (checkmark) in “Update display while playing”.

If that does not help, please give the web address of the video so we can see what you are trying to do.


Are there other ways to be able to know where to highlight?

By listening and/or by looking at the waveform. :wink:

You can zoom-in if it helps.

If you’ve selected part of the waveform, only the selected part will play when you click the green Play button.

If you are trying to “find” a short defect like a “click” from a vinyl record, yes, this can be difficult. A few milliseconds of selected audio sounds like a click anyway, and it can be hard to find the right place to zoom-in visually.

Sometimes you can hear a defect but you can’t see it visually.

Sometimes, it’s easier to see a defect in the spectrogram. Click the little drop-down arrow to the left of the waveform and choose Spectrogram. If that helps, you can zoom-in and switch back to the regular waveform if you wish.