Holding Shift down and moving the focus up or down with an arrow key appears to copy the selected status from the currently focused track to the next focused track, but may or may not first toggle the selected status of the currently focused track. What are the rules that determine this?
It appears that Enter toggles selection of a focused label track only if a label contained in it has just been deselected (and I’m not sure how to define “just been”). Shouldn’t it toggle regardless of history provided no label is currently selected?
Shift + arrow extends or contracts the selection from the currently-focused track to the adjacent track. Note that the Track Control Panel changes to a darker grey to indicate that the track is selected (and therefore will be operated upon).
3 tracks (anything, even 3 mono generated tone tracks)
make a selection in the first track: it is selected
SHIFT + down arrow twice: all tracks are selected and focus is in the third track
up arrow: all tracks remain selected and the second track has focus
SHIFT + up arrow: the second track is deselected and focus moves to the first track.
If a label is open for editing, Enter will confirm the contents of the label and “close” it for editing. At that point Enter will toggle the selected status of the label track. Click anywhere in the label track outside a label: the label track will have focus and be selected. Press Enter: the label track is deselected but still has keyboard focus.
I was answering at the same time as Bill, so I am going to let my reply stand and make one comment.
Two tracks, none selected, bottom track has focus. SHIFT + UP selects the bottom track and moves focus to the top track. If I want to select the top track as well I have to press ENTER.
Two tracks, none selected, top track has focus. SHIFT + DOWN selects the top track and moves focus to the bottom track. If I want to select the bottom track as well I have to press ENTER.
I tend to feel intuitively that another UP or DOWN while holding SHIFT should select the last track in order of movement, as it has been adding selectedness to each track, but I can understand why it doesn’t.
This is the main reason why it “looks” if my example above should carry on to add selectedness to the last track.
Are there other cases where SHIFT + UP or SHIFT + DOWN doesn’t first toggle selected status of the currently focused track?
I concur with Bill’s description. If you think ENTER doesn’t toggle selectedness after using it to close a label for editing, please provide steps 1,2, 3…
If no label or region is selected in the label track, then the only indication of selectedness (if Sync-Lock Tracks is off) is the darker colour of Track Control Panel and Vertical Scale.
But if I Deselect All (Ctrl+Shift+a) while track 2 has focus (now no selection even in the timeline),
press Shift + down arrow: second track is selected, third track has focus, i.e., same as above.
Well, there was still a cursor in the timeline after Deselect All. Is that a selection for this purpose?
Shift+(up or down arrow) appears to work the same for label tracks as for audio tracks.
Enter, however, does not. I just discovered the rule for Enter while experimenting as I was posting: Enter toggles the selectedness of a label track only if the current time selection exactly matches a label on that track . Now, what are the odds of that happening if you didn’t just have a label selected? What’s the rationale for this rule?
Who wrote that? I always thought it was tenuous though I tend to agree it would be useful if it did what was written. Neither does it always toggle the selection in the track the focus is leaving.
It “looks” as if it is trying to extend the selected or unselected state into the new track (if it does not have that state already) but is defeated when it runs out of tracks for the focus to go into.
The SHIFT + UP/ DOWN with the editing cursor is simpler to understand because the cursor must be in the track it it has focus.
I don’t agree, or please give exact steps.
Drag a selection from 5s to 10s seconds in the third of three 20-second tracks. CTRL + B to add and close the label. Drag from 7s to 8s in the third track. Down Arrow. Now ENTER will toggle a selection of 7s to 8s in the label track.
Tried it, didn’t work! Shift+Click in the Track Control Panel does it, but Enter doesn’t. I’m using 2.0.0 under XP (SP3). I have hh:mm:ss+CDDA frames selected as time unit and Snap To enabled.
1-Drag a selection from 5s to 10s seconds in an audio track.
2-CTRL + B to add a label track.
3-Close the label.
4-Click at 2 sec in the audio track.
5-CTRL + B to add a label.
6-Close the label.
7-Drag any selection in the audio track except one matching a label.
8-Arrow Down (to label track).
9-Enter (does nothing).
10-Drag a selection in the audio track matching the 5-10 sec range label (per the yellow vertical lines indicating match).
11-Arrow Down (to label track).
12-Enter now toggles selection in label track.
13-Click at the 2 sec point in audio track (yellow match line should appear confirming match to point label).
14-Arrow Down (to label track).
15-Enter now toggles selection in label track.
16-Stay in label track; Right Arrow to move cursor.
17-Enter now does nothing.
18-Left Arrow (returns cursor to match point label).
19-Enter now toggles selection.
This may shed some light on the mechanism of the problem: It’s not entirely an XP vs Vista issue. It’s at least partly a memory issue. My XP system is on a laptop with 1.5 GB RAM, and I’m frequently waiting for the drive light to go out before a command executes. That hardly ever happens with smaller projects on the Vista system, but with this project it did. I had transferred 2 C90 cassettes into Audacity, and had at least 2 hours of stereo before I started working on it. Then I had to filter out all the nasties from two air conditioners and a squeaky paddle fan - an average of 8-9 notches. I was keeping “before and after” versions so I could hear how all these holes were affecting the overall sound. Response to commands was getting even slower than what I’m used to on the XP laptop, and using Enter to select/deselect Label tracks was working only if a label on the track matched the select range.
I’m not ready to call it entirely a memory issue because on the XP system the problem occurs even in a test project with only a few seconds of audio, but last week’s experience on Vista suggests memory is at least a factor.