This page lists all commands in the Audacity menus and all pre-defined keyboard shortcuts.
The default Standard set of shortcuts is a reduced set, compared to earlier versions of Audacity, to simplify the set of shortcuts somewhat and to provide greater flexibility for users who wish to create their own shortcuts. There is also an extended Full set of keyboard shortcuts that can be selected from the Defaults button on the Keyboard Preferences dialog. This Full set is the set that was available in Audacity 2.1.3 and earlier. You can use Keyboard Preferences to change or remove existing shortcuts or to assign a shortcut to commands that lack a default shortcut.
- Standard shortcuts are shown like so:
Ctrl + A.
- Shortcuts that are only in the Full set are shown like so:
Ctrl + #Extra.
- Shortcuts that have not been assigned, that you can assign using keyboard preferences, are shown like so (unassigned).
Some less commonly used commands are not in the default menus but they can be accessed by menu by enabling Show extra menus in Interface Preferences
Note: You can change all shortcuts via Preferences > Keyboard. This includes adding new shortcuts, or removing shortcuts existing by default.
Other Tips and hints:
- Mac users: Ctrl = ⌘ and Alt = Option. So, for example, Ctrl + Alt + K = ⌘ + Option + K.
- See Audacity Selection for examples of changing track focus and selection.
- PAGE UP scrolls the project rightwards and PAGE DOWN scrolls the project leftwards, equivalent to a single click in the white area either side of the horizontal scrollbar. These shortcuts cannot be configured in Keyboard Preferences.
- There are a number of key combinations that can be used in combination with mouse clicks. These cannot be configured. They are listed on Mouse Preferences
The File Menu provides commands for creating, opening and saving Audacity projects and importing and exporting audio files
Lists the full path to the twelve most recently saved or opened projects or most recently imported audio files
Various ways to save a project.
For exporting audio files
For importing audio files or label files into your project
The Edit Menu provides standard edit commands (Undo, Redo, Cut, Copy, Paste and Delete) plus many other commands specific to editing audio or labels
For more "advanced" removal of audio
Create or remove separate clips in the audio track. A clip inside an audio track is a separate section of that track which has been split so that it can be manipulated somewhat independently of the other clips in the track.
These commands are to add and edit labels.
Labeled Audio commands apply standard Edit Menu commands to the audio of one or more regions that are labeled. The labels themselves are not affected.
Select Menu has commands that enable you make selections of tracks or parts of the tracks in your project.
For modifying, saving and restoring a selection.
For making a selection of a frequency range.
For modifying a selection, taking account of clips.
View Menu has commands that determine the amount of detail you see in all the tracks in the project window. It also lets you show or hide Toolbars and some additional windows such as Undo History.
Zoom in/out on the horizontal axis. Show more detail or show a longer length of time.
Controls the sizes of tracks.
Move forward/backwards through the audio
Toolbars can be used to determine which of the Audacity toolbars are displayed. By default all toolbars are shown except Spectral Selection and Scrub
Transport Menu commands let you play or stop, loop play, scrub play or record (including timed and sound activated recordings).
These commands control playback in Audacity. You can Start, Stop or Pause playback of the audio in your project.
These commands control recording in Audacity. You can Start, Stop or Pause recording in your project. You can either start a recording on your existing track or an a new track.
Scrubbing is the action of moving the mouse pointer right or left so as to adjust the position, speed or direction of playback, listening to the audio at the same time - a convenient way to quickly navigate the waveform to find a particular event of interest. Speed changes are made by rotating the mouse wheel while scrubbing.
These commands let you move the cursor to the start or end of the selection, track or any adjacent Clip that you may have
This submenu lets you manage and set various options for transport (playing and recording) in Audacity
Tracks Menu provides commands for creating and removing tracks, applying operations to selected tracks such as mixing, resampling or converting from stereo to mono, and lets you add or edit labels.