Split cut or Silence audio?

In editing, I’ve been using split cut during pauses in my audiobook I’m recording, but sometimes it’s grayed out and I can’t choose it. I select the portion to be edited, but can’t choose that option. I’ve tried Silence Audio a few times and it seems to work, but I’d rather choose Split cut. Why is it sometimes not an option and can I change that?

What version of Audacity are you using?

Could you post a screenshot of a project when it is in a state where Split Cut is greyed out?

– Bill

Sure, Bill. Thank you! Version 2.4.2
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The current version is Audacity 3.0.2.

Perhaps (I don’t remember) Audacity 2.4.2 requires playback to be stopped rather than just paused :confused:

It does.

Allurajai: If you want the cursor to stay at the point where you stopped, use the “X” key to stop playback.

– Bill

Thanks, Bill! I’ll try that and upgrade my Audacity.

‘X’ works perfectly! Thank you!