How to Fast-Forward When Editing in Audacity

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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.

Launch Audacity. Open an audio file.

Click the "Play" button to start listening to the recording.

  • Unlike an analogue tape-editing machine, the digital audio-editing program Audacity does not have a dedicated fast-forward button.
  • Use the short seek hotkey to jump 1 second forward in the recording; use the long seek command to fast-forward 15 seconds.

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.

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