Audacity Keyboard Shortcuts

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Audacity is a popular and free audio editing tool. The tool lets users record, edit, mix, and manage multiple audio tracks in a single timeline. It is open-source and works really well. Several YouTubers and professionals use this tool to record and mix audio. There are several audio editing tools and effects to apply to audio. It also supports plugins to add more features to this tool. If you also use Audacity, you must learn keyboard shortcuts to make your work fast. Keyboard shortcuts let you perform different tasks quicker than a mouse. It will save your time and improve productivity. In this article, I list Audacity keyboard shortcuts you need to know.

Windows/LinuxmacOSFunction
File and Project Manipulation
Ctrl + NCommand + NOpen an Audacity project window.
Ctrl + OCommand + OOpen an existing Audacity project.
Ctrl + SCommand + SSave the current project as an Audacity project file.
Ctrl + Shift + ICommand + Shift + IImport an audio file as a track in the current project.
Ctrl + Shift + ECommand + Shift + EExport the entire project as an audio track.
Ctrl + Shift + LCommand + Shift + LExport the entire project as separate audio tracks.
Ctrl + WCommand + WClose the current project window.
Alt + F6Option + F6Switch to the next project window.
Alt + Shift + F6Option + Shift + F6Switch to the previous project window.
Ctrl + QCommand + QExit the Audacity program.
Shift + AShift + APrune the revision history of the current project.
Ctrl + PCommand + ,Open Audacity’s Preferences Menu.
Audio Selection
Ctrl + ACommand + ASelect the whole track.
Ctrl + Shift + ACommand + Shift + ADeselect the whole track.
Ctrl + Shift + KCommand + Shift + KSelect all the tracks in a project.
Ctrl + Shift + YCommand + Shift + YSelect all the Sync-Locked tracks in a project.
HomeHomePlace the cursor at the beginning of the track.
EndEndPlace the cursor at the end of the track.
Shift + JShift + JPlace the cursor at the start of the currently selected track.
Shift + KShift + KPlace the cursor at the end of the currently selected track.
[[Expand the current audio selection leftward.
]]Expand the current audio selection rightward.
Ctrl + [Command + [Place the cursor at the start of the currently selected region.
Ctrl + ]Command + ]Place the cursor at the end of the currently selected region.
Ctrl + 1Command + 1Zoom in the currently selected track from the current cursor position.
Ctrl + 3Command + 3Zoom out the currently selected track from the current cursor position.
Ctrl + 2Command + 2Return the current zoom to its default state.
Ctrl + ECommand + EFit the current selection to the window.
Ctrl + FCommand + FFit the whole track width to the window.
Ctrl + Shift + FCommand + Shift + FFit the whole track height to the window.
Ctrl + Shift + CCommand + Shift + CMinimize all the tracks in the project.
Ctrl + Shift + XCommand + Shift + XMaximize all the tracks in the project.
Playing Audio
SpaceSpaceEither play or stop the selected track at the current cursor.
Shift + SpaceShift + SpaceEither play or stop the selected track at the current cursor once.
XXEither play or stop the selected track at the current cursor and set the new cursor at the Stop point.
PPPause the currently playing track at the current cursor position.
Ctrl + Alt + UCommand + Option + UMute all the currently selected tracks.
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + UCommand + Option + Shift + UUnmute all the currently selected tracks.
Ctrl + UCommand + UMute all the tracks in the project.
Ctrl + Shift + UCommand + Shift + UUnmute all the tracks in the project.
Recording Audio
RRRecord new audio and place it at the end of the currently selected track.
Shift + RShift + RRecord new audio and place it in a separate track in the project.
Shift + DShift + DRe-record over the existing audio track.
Audio Track Editing
Ctrl + CCommand + CCopy the currently selected segment of a track to the buffer.
Ctrl + VCommand + VPaste the current track in the buffer after the pointer.
Ctrl + XCommand + XCut the currently selected segment of a track to the buffer.
Ctrl + ZCommand + ZUndo the most recent change to the project.
Ctrl + YCommand + YRedo the most recent change to the project.
Ctrl + KCommand + KDelete the currently selected segment of a track.
Ctrl + DCommand + DCopy the currently selected segment of a track and paste it as a separate track in the current project.
Ctrl + TCommand + TDelete the non-selected audio in the current track.
Ctrl + LCommand + LConvert the selected audio to silence.
Ctrl + Shift + XCommand + Shift + XCut the currently selected segment and split the current project.
Ctrl + Shift + KCommand + Shift + KDelete the currently selected segment and split the current project.
Ctrl + ICommand + ISplit the current track to two at the current pointer.
Ctrl + Alt + ICommand + Option + ISplit the current track to two separate tracks at the current pointer and move the second one to a different track.
Ctrl + JCommand + JCombine two split audio tracks.
Audio Labeling
Ctrl + BCommand + BAdd an audio label for the current selection.
Ctrl + MCommand + .Add an audio label at the current pointer.
Ctrl + Alt + VCommand + Option + VPaste the clipboard text as a label in the current track.
Alt + Shift + COption + Shift + CCopy the currently selected label to the buffer.
Alt + XOption + XCut the currently selected label to the buffer.
Alt + KOption + KDelete the currently selected label.
Alt + Shift + XOption + Shift + XCut the currently selected label and split the current project.
Alt + Shift + KOption + Shift + KDelete the currently selected label and split the current project.
Alt + IOption + ISplit the currently selected label into two.
Alt + JOption + JCombine two split labels.

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