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I am using Audacity 2.1.2 on windows 10 32 bit.
I have imported an audio recording made using a different program some time ago, which is a recording of one side of a cassette tape, which I now want to split into seperate tracks. (No problem up to that point)
Having zoomed in to find the breaks between tracks, I can only see part of the recording. How do I scroll the time scale horizontally to see other parts of the recording whilst still zoomed in?

Hold the shift key while you wheel your mouse or scroll-swipe your trackpad.

I use three zooms pretty much all the time.

Zoom (Windows)
– Drag-select something on the timeline and zoom into it. Control-E
– Zoom out a little bit. Control-3
– Zoom out full. Control-F

You might find it handy to use Labels at the demarc locations, one, to make it easier to edit, and two, you can use them as markers to export your songs.


That is what I am actually doing - adding labels to the individual tracks and exporting them as MP3 files.

exporting them as MP3 files.

Archiving works as MP3 is not always a good idea. MP3 always creates some distortion and it gets worse if you try to edit or do production with an MP3.

Make archives in perfect quaity WAV (Microsoft) 16-bit. From that you can make excellent MP3s for your personal music player.

If you do decide to use MP3, use the highest quality 256 or 320. The Audacity default is 128 assumes you never want to make your MP3 into anything else. Use this method if you have modest storage.


In trying to keep my earlier post concise, I did not clarify that I am in fact exporting tracks as WAV files, then converting to mp3 or cd as required. However for this particular project super-high quality is not needed, so I may be making myself extra work! I try to archive all my audio work as WAV files for later conversion etc.

Several ways, for example. drag the horizontal scroll bar (at the bottom of the tracks window).
If you only want to scroll a short distance and have a wheel mouse: Shift + Mouse wheel.

Additional tips here:

Super :slight_smile:

Until you confirmed the existence of a horizontal scroll bar, I couldn’t find it - I was expecting it to be adjacent to the “waveform window”, not right at the bottom of the overall window where it is a rather inconspicuous grey colour!

I’m always glad that when I started out with Audacity, ten years ago, converting my LP collection for conversion to MP3/AAC for use on my iPod(s) that in the process I made and archived (two copies two different disks) the WAV files too. :nerd:

As a couple of years ago I went out and bought a digital jukebox with a 2TB disk which has my entire LP and CD collection on it in nice uncompressed WAV format for playing on my hi-fi speakers. :sunglasses: