Edit Toolbar

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These tools perform the same functions as those accessible through the Edit Menu, View Menu, Tracks Menu and keyboard shortcuts.
Grabber for positioning toolbarFor positioning toolbarCut for removing audio, that can then be pasted elsewhereFor removing audioCopy for copying selected audioFor copying selected audioPaste for pasting cut or copied audioFor pastingTrim for silencing audio before and after a selectionFor silencing audio before and after a selectionSilence for silencing selected audioFor silencing audioUndo for undoing the last edit you madeFor undoing the last edit you madeRedo to undo an undoTo undo an undoZoom In for more detailFor more detailZoom Out for an overview of the audioFor an overview of the audioZoom so that selection fits width of displayZoom so that selection fits width of displayZoom so that project fits width of displayZoom so that project fits width of displayZoom Toggle to switch back and forth between two zoom levelsTo switch back and forth between two zoom levelsEditToolbarAnnotated.png
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  The above image shows most of the buttons active in order to display them more clearly. However in a new project with no audio present or selected more of the buttons would be grayed indicating inactive.

The Cut tool  Cut  Edit > Cut or Ctrl + X

Removes the selected audio data and/or labels and places these on the clipboard. By default, any audio or labels to right of the selection are shifted to the left.

The Copy tool Copy Edit > Copy or Ctrl + C

Copies the selected audio data and/or labels to the clipboard without removing these from the project.

The Paste tool Paste  Edit > Paste or Ctrl + V

Paste either inserts the clipboard contents at the position of the selection cursor, or replaces a selected area with the clipboard contents.

The clipboard can only contain one item at a time, so cutting or copying to it always replaces any previous content. However that content may contain multiple audio tracks and/or label tracks of indefinite length, or multiple audio clips.

The Trim tool Trim Audio  Edit > Remove Special > Trim Audio or Ctrl + T

Trim Audio deletes all audio but the selection. If there are other separate clips in the same track these are not removed or shifted unless trimming the entire length of a clip or clips. Does not affect label tracks.

The Silence tool Silence Audio  Edit > Remove Special > Silence Audio or Ctrl + L

Silence Audio replaces the currently selected audio with absolute silence. Does not affect label tracks.

The Undo tool Undo  Edit > Undo and Ctrl + Z

Reverts the last editing operation. Audacity supports unlimited "stepwise" undo. This means you can undo every editing operation back to the last time the project was opened, but you cannot undo one particular edit without also undoing any changes made after that edit. You can review your editing history and jump straight back to any particular edit point at View > History....

The Redo tool Redo  Edit > Redo or Ctrl + Y (on Mac Shift + Ctrl + Z

Restores the previous editing operation that was just undone. Note: If you undo an operation then perform any new one that appears in the Undo History, you can no longer redo that undone operation.

The Zoom In tool Zoom In  View > Zoom > Zoom In or Ctrl + 1

Zooms in to a higher magnification level. You can continue to zoom in until you reach the level of displaying individual audio samples.

The Zoom Out tool Zoom Out  View > Zoom > Zoom Out or Ctrl + 3

Zooms out to a lower magnification level. You can zoom out so far as to fit 228 hours of audio on the screen.

The Fit Selection tool Zoom to Selection  View > Zoom > Zoom to Selection or Ctrl + E

Zooms a selection region in or out so that it fits in the available horizontal window area. The button is therefore grayed out unless a selection region is made.

The Fit to Width tool Fit to Width  View > Track Size > Fit to Width or Ctrl + F

Zooms in or out so that the entire audio of the project fits in the available horizontal track area.

The Zoom Toggle tool Zoom Toggle  View > Zoom > Zoom Toggle or Shift + Z

Zooms between two preset levels. These can be set using Tracks preferences.