Proposal: Make a newly recorded track selected as well as focused

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Proposal pages help us get from feature requests into actual plans. This page is a proposal to make a newly recorded track become selected as well as focused.
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The Problem

When recording two or more tracks, one after the other in the same window and subsequently wishing to append to the last recorded track, just executing Append Record results in the appended recording being appended to the first recorded track and not the last. Presently it is required to first select the desired track, unless it is the first track, then Append Record. This is counterintuitive and can result in the data not being added to the intended track.

Note that when we add a new track with Tracks>Add New Track the new track becomes both selected and focused - so thus it would be more consistent for a newly recorded track to like wise be selected and focused - and we do like consistency in Audacity.

Proposed Feature

Make a newly recorded track become selected as well as focused.

Warning icon Peter 04Mar20: Note that if this is implemented changes would need to be made to Steve's mini-tutorial on Punch-in in the Manual.


Developer/QA Backing

  • Cliff
  • Peter

Use Cases

Append recording

  1. Record a short section.
  2. Shift+R to record to a new track.
  3. R to append record. This appends to the first recording and not the last recording performed. The same thing happens with multiple recordings.


Details

The initial recording is Focused and Selected automatically. When recording a subsequent track that track is only Focused and not Selected. Any Append Recording is done to the Selected track which in this case is not the intended track. This requires the user to remember to select the desired track before doing the Append Record, a gotcha just waiting to happen. The most recently recorded track should be Focused as well as Selected so the user intuitively knows which track will receive the appended recording unless he Selects a different track.


GUI Examples

Not needed.

Previous Feature Requests relating to this proposal

None found.