Audacity supports labeling points, a single moment in the audio, and labeling regions, a span with a start and end time. An empty label appears then you can type to add text to the label. Press Enter on the keyboard to confirm the text and close the label. When the label track has the yellow focus border as in the image above you can, if preferred, just type to create a label containing that text rather than first using the menu or shortcut to create the label.
This default behavior can be turned off, if required, in Tracks Preferences by unchecking the "Type to create label".
When you click inside a label to select it, the label background color changes to white, indicating that the label text is open for editing, and the cursor point or region of audio the label corresponds to is restored.
The region will be visible in all audio tracks that are selected and the cursor will be visible in all audio tracks that had the yellow focus border. This applies even if the label track is above the audio track.
See this page for more details on label creation and selection.
The label background becomes white, indicating you can type to edit the label's text. For a point label, the editing cursor is placed at the label moved to.
For a region label, a selection is placed corresponding to the label moved to. The view position moves if necessary to show you the label moved to. Audacity cycles through the labels automatically, so when at the last label, moving to next label jumps to the first label.
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When at the first label, moving to previous label jumps to the last label. There are also two shortcut commands to move between labels without opening them for editing. These shortcuts do not require the yellow focus border to be in a label track:. If there is a single label track, you do not need to be aware of which track has the yellow focus border.
If you have multiple label tracks, use Up or Down arrow to move the yellow focus border into the label track you wish to use. If there is more than one label track and none have focus, then the first label track downwards from the focused audio track is used. You can edit labels by changing their text content, resize region labels or move region or point labels.
See Editing, resizing and moving Labels for more details on editing labels.
Labels can be removed deleted in a number of ways. However because labels are usually associated with an audio track, the label deletion method may affect whether or not the remaining labels are still synchronized with the audio that is, remain associated with the same part of the audio track. You can also remove all labels at once by deleting the label track entirely.
Alternatively, click the close button in the upper-left corner of the label track.
In most cases when you remove parts of the label track, you will also want to remove the corresponding audio so that the remaining labels are still synchronized with their original audio, for example, you may have labeled a region of noisy audio for later deletion. Similarly, if you want to keep labels and audio synchronized when deleting audio to left of a label, you must include the label track in the selection before deleting.
A convenient way to select and delete the exact area of an individual region label together with its corresponding audio moving the following audio backwards is to click in the label, then press Enter followed by Delete or Backspace. If your Interface Preferences are set to "Retain labels if selection snaps to a label edge", this retains a point label at the former left-hand edge of the region.
See here for an example of removing labels with their associated audio.
All the labels and label tracks in the project are displayed in a tabular view, similar to a spreadsheet. Each row represents a single individual label. See this page for more details on the editor.
Label tracks can also be moved up or down by clicking between the controls in the track's Track Control Panel then dragging upwards or downwards.
Adding your new track
Label Tracks can be exported to, and imported from plain text files. The file structure is a tab-delimited plain text format that can be opened by any text editor or spreadsheet application and edited there. See this page for more details on text label files. From Audacity Development Manual. Jump to: navigation , search.
Tracks Menu: Add New
A Label Track is an additional track that can be created in your project. The labels in the label track can be used to reference points or regions in the project's audio tracks but the label track itself does not contain audio. Standard Edit Menu commands can be applied to the audio of multiple labeled regions excluding audio outside those regions.
During playback these "Move to the label" commands restart playback at the position of the label moved to. This is useful if you have a long recording which you want to split into separate tracks using labels.
See Removing Labels - Examples for examples of the various methods. Label tracks can be exported as a text file and are required for splitting a long recording to separate files using Export Multiple.
However labels themselves cannot be included as part of an exported audio file so there is no need to remove additional label tracks that for example were used for annotation or transcription but are no longer required. Keyboard use: To include the audio track in the label selection, or vice versa, press Up or Down as appropriate then Enter.
See Selecting using the keyboard. Keyboard use: Use Up or Down then Enter if needed to select the audio track, then repeat as needed to also select the label track.
Then Tab into the label to be removed, press Enter then Delete or Backspace. Click on this to make the track 'fold up' into a smaller size. Click again, or drag the lower edge of the track to restore the size.
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