Difficulty to deal with the "hand shape icon".

I am new in audio editing. I like AUDACITY, due to its simplicity. However, I have problems with the “hand shape icon”. It prevents me from placing the cursor where I want. This way, I cannot cut my musical file at the position that I choose. How to solve this issue?

horizontal zooming will enable an exact cut.

Audacity has many Zoom tools that allow you to magnify portions of your show.


A three minute song may be difficult to edit with the hand icon, but a half-hour or longer show is impossible no matter what the pointer is.

I only use three zoom tools. Zoom Into Selection (Control+E or Command+E), Zoom out a little (Control+3 or Command+3) and zoom out to the full show (Control+F or Command+F). The command keys are used on the Mac.

For example, drag-select some part of your show and zoom into it with Control+E. Keep dragging and zooming until you see what you want. If you zoom in too far, back out a little with Control+3.