Stop playing in timeline

Is there a way to stop Audacity from starting to play every time I select the timeline? I try to adjust the limiters and other markers in the timeline but the moment I click, it starts playing the audio. I’ve never seen this behavior in any other audio editor. When audio is playing, the view is locked to the cursor and it makes it impossible to drag or move to another section. I have to keep hitting the stop button over and over and over and it is driving me crazy. I can’t begin to describe how annoying this feature is. Please tell me there is a way to tell Audacity to ignore timeline clicks. Please. If not, I am going to have to go back to Goldwave. This is too much. I have read the manual and there is nothing there about it. If there is no such option, the only solution would be to add it to the source code and that’s a task I do not feel like taking on when there are other options and software available. Thanks to anyone who has an alternate answer.

To make a selection, click and drag across the waveform (not the timeline).

In Audacity there is just one reason to click in the timeline and that is to start playback from the click position (or if you drag across the timeline, to play the region that you dragged across). There is nothing else that clicking in the timeline does. I know that some other audio programs have markers and zones and stuff in the timeline, but Audacity doesn’t.

To create markers or to label regions, Audacity uses label tracks:

Switching from one audio editor to a new one can take a little getting used to, but it shouldn’t be long before you become familiar with how things work in Audacity.