Extra Menu – The Seek Option

The Seek Option

Audacity lets you do so much! You can edit your audio tracks very conveniently with it. And if you want to skip some audio snippets while playing the audio, the Seek option can be used. The ‘Seek’ option is present in the ‘Extra’ menu bar. When you click on ‘Seek’, a sub-menu will appear that will show further option about how you want to skip your audio clips.

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Set time

You can skip the cursor backwards or forward by some fixed value of time. You can manage and alter this time by selecting the ‘Seek Time when playing’ option, which is present in the ‘Playback Preferences’ menu.

‘Short seek left during Playback’ option

This option is present in the seek sub-menu. You can select this feature to skip the cursor towards the left. As this is ‘short’ seek, the default value of seek time is 1 second. You can always change the seek time from the playback preferences menu. The keyboard shortcut for this option is- press ‘Left’ button on the keyboard.

‘Short Seek Right During Playback’ option

This option is present in the ‘Seek’ sub-menu only. This will skip or seek the play head towards the right to the current location of the cursor head. As this is a short seek’, this will allow you to skip by short intervals of time. The default value of seeking right is 1 second.

You can always change this value by selecting the ‘Playback Preferences’ menu. You can use the keyboard shortcut- ‘right’ button on the keyboard to easily make use of this option.

‘Long Seek Left During Playback’ option

The keyboard shortcut for this option is ‘Shift+Left’. You can find this option in the ‘seek’ sub-menu. And, you can also find it in  the ‘Extra’ menu. This is the third option in the ‘Seek’ sub-menu. This lets you seek or shift the play head towards the left from the current cursor head position.

As the name suggests, this is ‘long’ seek, i.e. it will let you skip the cursor towards the left by long intervals of audio lengths. The default value for the long skip towards left is 15 seconds. You can always change the value of the seek length by using the ‘Playback Preferences’ menu.

‘Long Seek Right During Playback’ option

Apart from using the ‘Extra’ menu, you can also use the keyboard shortcut to this feature. A keyboard shortcut will make the task easy for you. The shortcut for this feature is ‘Shif+Right’. You can do this by clicking on the ‘Extra‘menu and then on ‘Seek’ option also. This will lead to a sub-menu. Then, click on the last option, which is ‘Long Seek Right During Playback’.

You can use this option to seek the current cursor head towards the right. Because it is ‘long seek’, it allows you to seek the cursor right by long lengths of audio. The default value is 15 seconds.

Conclusion

In the ‘Extras’ menu, an option called ‘Seek’ is present. This article lets you understand different ways in which you can seek/ skip the current cursor position towards the right or left. You can do this by the selected time lengths.

 

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