Editing within a waveform - version 2.2.1

How do again make edits within the waveform?

I used to be able to very easily use the cursor and “swipe” (highlight) short sections within waveforms and delete the highlighted sections.
On doing so, Audacity would splice the waveforms together and I would save the change(s).
While the manual seems to suggest that I may, I am now not able to do this specific editing procedure.

What I am doing is removing extraneous sounds, such as scratches, ticks, etc., from original audio files (e.g., vinyl recordings).
At present, I am working around this issue by zooming way in, then using the “Draw Tool” to remove the offending signal(s), but this is not as easy as the method that I was using previously.

What am I missing? How do I restore this capability?
Thank you

I’ve gotten stuck with a fuzzy similar problem by not using the “I-Beam” selection tool.

Describe what actually happens. You have some audio on the timeline. You choose the selection tool and drag it across the blue waves. What happens from there? Do you get a selected segment like this?

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The best tool I used for that came as a steer from Koz for Brian Davies’ excellent ClickRepair - it costs a little but is well worth it if you have a lot of vinyl.

See this sticky thread: https://forum.audacityteam.org/t/click-pop-removal-clickrepair-software/1933/1