time selection

The ways to select a part of the time domain in some editors in Praat, namely those that contain a function of time.

The time selection is used for selecting the time interval that will be played, copied, cut, modified, or questioned:

1. How to make a selection

The easiest way is to drag the mouse across the part that you want to select. This is analogous to how selection works in a text processor.

2. How to extend or shrink a selection

The easiest way is to click with the Shift key pressed. The nearest edge of the selection will move to the time position where you clicked. This is analogous to how extending a selection works in a text processor.

For instance, if the currently selected time interval runs from 2 to 5 seconds, and you shift-click at a time position of 4 seconds, the end of the selection will move from 5 to 4 seconds, thus shrinking the selection.

You can also shift-drag, i.e. hold the Shift key and the mouse button down while moving the mouse.

3. Other tricks

To select a specific time stretch or collapse the selection to its start or end, use the Select menu.

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