Good grief! No tips on how to go to a specific time work!

I’m running Audacity 2.3.2 under 64-bit Windows 7 Pro.

I’m screaming in my head about the absurdly frustrating challenge Audacity presents by making the simple task of jumping to a specific time in an audio file like trying to build a 747 in my basement! AARGH!!

Searching the forum and the online manual to answer this question yielded only two relevant results, both of which were completely wrong! No, entering the desired time into the audio position or start and end of selection fields does NOT work – in fact, it does nothing at all. Why is this extremely basic and simple operation so fiendishly difficult for non-experts? Why isn’t there an Edit or Select or Tools or Extra menu option that simply says: “Jump to time…”? Or something at least as obvious and trivial for the user?

Now I know why I’ve always preferred Goldwave.

Ok, folks, how the hell do I jump to a specific start time and make it’s location clear?

And Audacity developers? Shape up! I’m a developer myself, and there’s simply no excuse for the byzantine complexity surrounding the simplest of operations.

Enter the required time in the “Start” time control.
(See: Selection Toolbar - Audacity Manual)

Alternatively, press the “[” key, then enter the required time.
(The full list of default keybaord shortcuts is here: Commands and Keyboard Shortcut Reference - Audacity Manual)

I’ve been using Audacity since it was first released and again this morning after listening to a track in VLC and noting the time I wanted to just input that time in Audacity and start playback from there.

It seems quite odd that this explicit feature is still missing from Audacity.

As Steve tells you in the above post - just enter the start time in the “Start and End of Selection” box and press play.

Note that entering a time in the “Audio Position” box does not work for resetting the play cursor. Basically this is an output information box (and really should not be capable - of being user-modified - this is logged as en enhancement “bug” in our bug-tracker:


In the bottom toolbar, in selection put the time you want, then press two times SHIFT-z