this is just some additional information about this problem. If you find it
more confusing than helpful, just ignore it.
Prior to you pressing left bracket during playback, one way you may have
selected all the audio is by pressing Ctrl + A. This both selects all
tracks, and selects a time range covering all the audio in the selected
tracks. So for example, if you had a single track, and pressed Ctrl + A,
the track would be selected, selection start would be the beginning of the
audio in the track, and selection end would be the end of audio in the
track. You can easily check the values of selection start or end by
pressing left bracket or right bracket when there's no playback. In
contrast pressing Enter just toggles the selectedness of the focused track,
and does not select or deselect time ranges.
If there's no selected time range, then when you press left bracket during
playback, this sets the cursor position to that time, and no selected time
range is introduced. However, it a time range is selected and you press
left bracket during playback, then this sets the value of selection start,
but leaves selection end unchanged.
What happens when you paste, depends on whether there is just a cursor
position, or a selected time range. (When there's a cursor, the values of
selection start and end are the same and are the position of the cursor.)
When there's just a cursor any pasted audio is inserted at that position.
Any audio after the original cursor position is shifted to be after the
inserted audio. However if there is a selected time range, then the audio
in that time range is replaced by the pasted audio. This is similar to
pasting text in a text editor.
If you press Ctrl + Shift + A, this deselects any tracks and any selected
time range, so providing another way of deselecting a time range, in case
you want to make sure there isn't one. Though of course you would then have
to reselect and tracks that you wanted selected.
In the case of pressing left arrow to deselect any possible selected time
range, I would suggest you do this before you start playback. This slight
disadvantage of pressing it after you've pressed the left bracket key and
stopped, is that if there is a selected time range it's deselected and the
cursor is set the start of that time range, but if there isn't, then the
cursor is moved to the left by an amount which depends on the zoom level.
So the audio may be inserted in not quite the right place.
On Tue, 13 Apr 2021 at 04:37, Stan Bobbitt <stan.bobbitt@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Sorry, it might help if I describe exactly how I’m doing the pasting:
I have some audio copied to the clipboard. I hit left bracket at the point
in the track where I want the pasted audio to start. I stop the track and
hit control V to paste in the material.
Now all I have is the audio before the paste and the pasted audio.
Everything else is gone.
*From:* audacity4blind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <
audacity4blind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> *On Behalf Of *Stan Bobbitt
*Sent:* Monday, April 12, 2021 11:30 PM
*Subject:* [audacity4blind] Pasting not behaving as described in manual
Hi clever people,
The manual says that when I paste a piece of audio at a point selection it
should push the existing audio rightwards. I’m not getting this at all.
When I paste, everything after the paste is gone.
For example, it shortened a 5 minute track down to 20 seconds when I
pasted a 10 second piece about 10 seconds into the track.
What am I doing wrong or missing?
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