Selecting can be done with the keyboard, the mouse or by combining the keyboard and mouse.
You need to have the Selection Tool activated for making a selection.
The exception is selecting the entire track by clicking on the track panel. The align functions all still work the same way no matter which tool is activated. However, making selections and placing the cursor still requires the Selection Tool.
The selection modifier key is SHIFT.
In a word processor or text editor, the SHIFT key is the modifier to turn any character that you enter via the keyboard in to an UPPERCASE character. In Audacity and most audio editing applications, holding down the SHIFT key means that any cursor movement or placement will result in a selection.
What follows are ways of making selections.
How do I ...
Place the cursor on the waveform of a track, hold down the mouse
button, drag the mouse and release the mouse button.
Hold the SHIFT key, then click and hold
the mouse button.
Hold the SHIFT key and click on the Skip to Start button.
Hold the SHIFT key and click on the Skip to End button.
Click on the track panel. The resulting selection will be confined to the contents of that track.
It cannot be done precisely right now, if one track isn't within
the range of the other. It actually doesn't have to be, because of the group
functions in the Align menu, but more of that later.
Use the Select All function in the Edit menu, or hit CTRL+A.
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