Unlike an analogue tape-editing machine, the digital audio-editing program Audacity does not have a dedicated fast-forward button. If you want to move forward through a recording that you're editing, use Audacity's seek hotkeys to do so. Use the short seek hotkey to jump 1 second forward in the recording; use the long seek command to fast-forward 15 seconds. The seek times for both commands are customisable.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Launch Audacity. Open an audio file.
Click the "Play" button to start listening to the recording.
Press the right arrow key to fast-forward the recording by 1 second.
Hold the "Shift" key and press the right arrow key to fast-forward the recording by 15 seconds.
Tips and warnings
- Customise the fast-forward times in the Playback section of Audacity's Preferences window.
- To jump to a specific point on a recording's waveform, hold the "Ctrl" key and click on the point.
- Use the left arrow key to rewind the recording.
- To move the cursor forward when playback is stopped, press the "." key.
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