Please help!! Copy/Paste no longer works...

OK I know it’s New Year’s Eve. I hope everyone is out having a great time, but also, I secretly hope that you’re all here, ready and willing to talk me off a ledge. For the most part, I love Audacity. But sometimes it goes crazy for no reason when I’m on a super-tight deadline, and now happens to be one of those times. I’m just going along, editing a 40-minute file (book chapter). I have a second of room tone “copied” and I’m just CTRL+V’ing it in my pauses that are clicky, etc. Do this for about 28 minutes of the track, then as I go to do it for the billionth time, instead of pasting the room tone, it eliminates the selected section. So, the track used to look like [words] [silence] [words]; I highlighted the silence and hit CTRL+V to replace it with the clean silence, and now it looks like: [words] [words]. No more silence at all. And now it’s stuck like that. I cannot get anything to paste into the tiny space between [words] and [words]. Also, inexplicably, about 25 seconds of text is just missing from the recording a few minutes later into the track. It just cuts off and there’s blank space (about 2 minutes’ worth, according to the ticker on the top) and then it starts up again (but again, with about a paragraph missing). I tried closing and restarting Audacity, because that’s all I know to do, but to no avail. HELP PLEASE. Thank you.

I’m using Windows 7 Home Premium, Audacity 2.1.0, .exe installer. If this is because I haven’t upgraded to Windows 10 like my computer keeps asking me to… :imp:

Update – so… the problem is only happening in this one file (yay?) - is there anything I can do about that, or just count that file as a total loss?

Ok, ok, I may have figured it out (kind of) – it appears that everything got wonky in this file after a thin grey line - allow me to explain. You know how sometimes when you copy and paste, there’s a heavy black line or a heavy white line (vertical)? Happens to me all the time. No idea what they are or what they mean, but I know that if I click directly on them, they disappear. Well at this section of the recording, I did a copy/paste and I got a really thin grey line THAT WILL NOT DISAPPEAR NO MATTER WHAT. And now I’m convinced that all of the subsequent weird behavior of the copy paste is that line’s fault. How do I get rid of it?? Thanks :slight_smile:

The black or white lines are “split lines” separating clips in a track.

You could try Tracks > Mix and Render to settle the track down.


GALE!!! Thank you!!! That was it!!! :smiley: :smiley: :smiley: