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missing: Set 'Selection Point and Play': Ctrl + left-click

Posted: Mon Jan 11, 2021 3:15 am
by 51ZD
I've had to stick to Audacity 2.10 for years because of essential features removed in later versions. Ex: The "Set Selection Point and Play" option in Preferences > Mouse > Select. It was set to Ctrl + left-click. I've no idea how people manage without it. Anytime I have an audio selection and need to listen to a section inside it, I just hold Ctrl and click with the mouse in v2.10. Perfection.
In v2.4 we can't, since that shortcut doesn't exist anymore. Now we have to mouse-click first and then hit the Space bar for the audio to start... And we lose our selected segment.

Re: missing: Set 'Selection Point and Play': Ctrl + left-click

Posted: Mon Jan 11, 2021 11:02 am
by steve
51ZD wrote:
Mon Jan 11, 2021 3:15 am
The "Set Selection Point and Play" option in Preferences > Mouse > Select
In Audacity 2.4.2 this has been replaced by the more versatile feature "Timeline Quick-Play".
See: https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/timeline.html#tqp

In short:
Play from a point: Click on the Timeline
Loop Play from a point: Shift + Click on the Timeline
See the manual for other features of Quick-Play.

Re: missing: Set 'Selection Point and Play': Ctrl + left-click

Posted: Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:17 am
by 51ZD
Even after 10+ years of using Audacity I had no idea this feature existed. Thank you Steve!

Re: missing: Set 'Selection Point and Play': Ctrl + left-click

Posted: Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:27 am
by steve
It's not the most obvious feature as there is no menu command for it, but there is a tool-tip if you hover the mouse pointer over the Timeline (time ruler) for a few seconds.

It's very rare that we remove a feature from Audacity without offering an alternative (usually a "better" alternative, though that can be subjective).
If you find that a feature is missing in a new release, it's worth looking in the "release announcement" on the Audacity website to see if it mentioned. The release announcement is usually on the home page of the website for a month or two from the release date - after that it can be found in the website "posts" (https://www.audacityteam.org/posts/). If you still don't find it, then you can always ask, here on the forum :)

Re: missing: Set 'Selection Point and Play': Ctrl + left-click

Posted: Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:52 pm
by waxcylinder
steve wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:27 am
If you find that a feature is missing in a new release, it's worth looking in the "release announcement" on the Audacity website to see if it mentioned. The release announcement is usually on the home page of the website for a month or two from the release date - after that it can be found in the website "posts" (https://www.audacityteam.org/posts/). If you still don't find it, then you can always ask, here on the forum :)
Or look in the What's New section in the current Manual with each release - 2.4.2 What's Hew is here:
https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/new ... lease.html

There's always a big link at the top of the Manual's front page.

Peter