Audacity 1.3: Track focus
In Audacity 1.3.2 and higher, you can fully manipulate the selection using the keyboard. As always, press the left and right arrows, along with shift and control, to move the cursor or extend a selection to the left or right. New, press the up or down arrows to change which track is focused, independent of the selection, and press the Enter key to toggle the selectedness of the focused track.
The focused track is highlighted in green, as illustrated in the screenshots below. Clicking on a track selects it and focuses it.
Above, a region of audio is selected in the top track.
You can tell the track is selected, because its label area is shaded.
You can tell the track is focused because of the green border.
Pressing the down arrow key changes the focus to the lower track.
However, only the top track is selected.
Pressing the enter key toggles the lower track, so it is now selected, too.
Finally, press up-arrow and enter to unselect the top track.
This is one way to keep a particular range of audio selected
while changing which track is selected.