Light blue shadow on time line

I’m guessing that you are recording on a new track (below an existing track) and not appending to the end of the existing track.

If so, then it is likely that you have made a selection in the existing track(s) - the blue shading appears in the timeline when you do that - and yes, then it is quite intentional that the recording below extends for just that selected time range.

To avoid that happening, just click in the existing waveforms at a point to set the cursor position and then make you record below - it will carry on until you stop it.

See this in the Audacity Manual:


And having looked myself at that page in the Manual I’m thinking that that subsection could maybe do with an image to make it clearer.

(I am the main editor of the Manual - so I’ll make myself an editornote to get around to doing that.)


I had a bit of time on my hands, so I went ahead and updated the 2.3.1 alpha Manual - adding a couple of images for clarity:

Thanks for this nudge sherloc987 - I think this improves the page making it clearer.