Using Audacity/Zooming

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Zooming in shows you more detail about the waveform. This can be useful for editing out imperfections.
Zooming out shows less detail but is useful to get a wider overview of your project.

It is often helpful to be able to zoom in to see the individual parts of the audio clip waveform in order to edit out sections or remove undesirable noises or pauses. To do this use the Zoom tool on the Tools toolbar to get more detail. If you select the Zoom tool from the Tools toolbar the cursor will change into a small magnifying class with a + sign inside of it - Audacity zoomin tool.png - this can be used to zoom in on a section of an audio clip by clicking on the left mouse button while in the Track window. Holding down the shift key will change the + inside the magnifying glass into a - Audacity zoomout tool.png - and clicking on the left mouse button will then zoom the clip out, showing more time but less detail.

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Tip: Using the Zoom tool, try clicking and dragging into a section of an audio clip to zoom into just that selection.