I know this sounds stupid, but I can not figure it out. I am a computer pro and I have worked with audacity in the past.
I have a few small wav files (for a phone system) and I need to edit them to insert silence. Not delete what is there, just to add a delay in the middle. Letters are spelt out and there needs to be a 1 second of pause.
In Audacity 2.1.2 and earlier, playback must be “stopped” (not just “paused”).
To “stop” playback at the current cursor position, press Shift+A.
In the next version of Audacity (2.1.3), you can do what you want even when paused as Audacity will automatically switch from “Pause” mode to “Stop”.
Another improvement in Audacity 2.1.3 is that to stop playback at the current cursor position, you will only need to press the “X” key (“X marks the spot” )