Selecting Audio Clips in the Timeline

You select the audio clips you want to edit. You can select a single clip or multiple clips, including clips in different tracks. When you select a clip, it appears darker than unselected clips, and it has a white border. Selecting individual clips is as straightforward as clicking, as long as you are clicking with the right tool. Also included here are the tricks you need to know for selecting multiple contiguous and noncontiguous clips quickly.

To select an individual clip
  1. Click the Selection tool at the top of the Timeline (or press A).

  2. In the Timeline, click anywhere in a clip.

To select multiple audio clips in the same track
  1. Click the Selection tool at the top of the Timeline (or press A).

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Hold down the Command key while selecting the desired clips using the Selection tool.

    • Drag from a point in the track before the first clip you want to select to a point after the last clip you want to select, encompassing the clips.

    • If the clips are adjacent, select a clip item, then hold down the Shift key and select another clip item farther down on the Timeline. All of the clips between the two are selected.

To select multiple audio clips in different tracks
Do one of the following:
  • Shift-click the clips in the Timeline.

    All clips between those two tracks are selected as well.

  • Command-click the clips in the Timeline.

  • Drag across multiple tracks to select the clips.

    Figure. Multitrack Timeline Editor showing multiple clips selected in different tracks.

Note: If there is no track background available because the tracks in your project are too dense, you can also make the selection by dragging in the track separator.

To deselect an individual clip item within a selection
  1. Select the Selection tool in the Tool palette (or press A).

  2. Command-click the item you want to deselect.

To select all clips using the same source audio file
Do one of the following:
  • Select the clip in the Timeline or the Bin tab, then choose Clip > Select All Occurrences of [filename].

  • Control-click the source audio file in the Bin tab, then choose Show in Timeline from the shortcut menu.

    Figure. Bin tab shortcut menu.