the keyboard shortcut to select the entire track currently being operated

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keiji
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the keyboard shortcut to select the entire track currently being operated

Post by keiji » Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:48 am

Does anyone know the keyboard shortcut to select the entire track that is currently being operated?
If we press "Ctrl + A", we will select all tracks, including tracks that are not currently being operated.

Using a mouse, we can select only by clicking the bar at the left end of the track.
If there is no clip in the track, we can also select it by double clicking.
But, I would like to select it with a keyboard shortcut.

We can select it by pressing "Shift + K" after pressing "Home", but it takes two stages.

This selection also does not exist in the menu. I hope developers to add the option in future updates.
If it so happened, it's easy to set the shortcut.

Does anyone know the keyboard shortcut to select the entire track that is currently being operated?

Best regards,
Keiji

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Re: the keyboard shortcut to select the entire track currently being operated

Post by steve » Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:01 am

There are three parts to a selection:
  1. The start time
  2. The end time
  3. A track list (may be one or more tracks)
Note that currently, there can only be one start time, and one end time, regardless of the number of tracks selected, so if you want to select multiple tracks that have different lengths, then the shorter tracks will also have some empty track space included in the selection.
keiji wrote:
Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:48 am
Does anyone know the keyboard shortcut to select the entire track that is currently being operated?
The track that is currently being operated on has a yellow border. We refer to this as the track that has "focus".
When a track has focus, it's "selectedness" can be toggled with the "Enter" key. If there is no time selection, then pressing Enter can be seen to change whether the info box on the left end of the track is highlighted or not. If there is a time selection, then pressing enter will also toggle that selection in the track.

The following keyboard shortcuts are the relevant ones:
  • J (Move cursor to start of audio in selected track(s))
  • K (Move cursor to end of audio in selected track(s))
  • Shift + J (extend selection to start of audio in selected track(s))
  • Shift + K (extend selection to end of audio in selected track(s))
So the short answer is:
"J", then "Shift + K"

For a full description of "Selection", see: https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/aud ... ction.html
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Re: the keyboard shortcut to select the entire track currently being operated

Post by keiji » Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:51 pm

Thank you, steve.

Thank you for your quick and kind reply.

However, I wrote
We can select it by pressing "Shift + K" after pressing "Home", but it takes two stages.
Your answer ["J", then "Shift + K"] takes two stages.
I think two-stages shortcut is a little bothersome.
And, I need one-stage shortcut to set in programmable app.

"Selecting the entire track currently being operated" is convenient setting even for other than me.
If there is no one-stage shortcut at now, I hope developers to add the option to menu in future updates.

Best regards,
Keiji

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Re: the keyboard shortcut to select the entire track currently being operated

Post by steve » Thu Aug 23, 2018 4:37 pm

keiji wrote:
Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:51 pm
And, I need one-stage shortcut to set in programmable app.
Why can't you use two commands?

In the next release of Audacity (due out in a few weeks), it will be possible to create a macro that selects from the start of the track to the end of the track. It is also possible to set keyboard shortcuts to macros, so the solution will be to create and save the macro, then add a shortcut to it.
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Re: the keyboard shortcut to select the entire track currently being operated

Post by keiji » Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:21 pm

Thank you for your reply.
Why can't you use two commands?
For example, Logitech's SetPoint accepts one-stage shortcut as key-stroke.
https://allyourinternets.wordpress.com/ ... -firefox/
Though the images in the URL are old, the setting of accept is same in now.
In the next release of Audacity (due out in a few weeks), it will be possible to create a macro that selects from the start of the track to the end of the track. It is also possible to set keyboard shortcuts to macros, so the solution will be to create and save the macro, then add a shortcut to it.
Thank you for the information.
I'm looking forward to the next release.

Best regards,
Keiji

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Re: the keyboard shortcut to select the entire track currently being operated

Post by steve » Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:24 pm

keiji wrote:
Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:21 pm
For example, Logitech's SetPoint accepts one-stage shortcut as key-stroke.
https://allyourinternets.wordpress.com/ ... -firefox/
Though the images in the URL are old, the setting of accept is same in now.
So you want to configure your mouse to select all of the audio in the current track? If I've understood that correctly, why not just click on the info panel on the left end of the track?
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