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How do I drag the end of a track, making it shorter or longer? When the cursor looks like in this screenshot, I will only move a track (time shift).

hovering end of track

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    What exactly do you want to achieve? Audacity is a quite simple program. If you want to shorten a clip, you need to cut it. If you want to make it longer... perhaps you should generate a silence clip at the end? – user1079505 Jul 28 at 20:41
  • I want to drag the end resulting either in a shortened or a prolonged track with silence in the prolongation – Anders Lindén Jul 29 at 7:19
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  1. To shorten the clip choose selection tool (F1), select portion of the clip you want to remove and press Del key.
  2. To add silence at the end, move cursor to the end of the clip (Shift+End), select menu Generate > Silence and choose length. If you want, you can then merge the two clips, by selecting the whole track and then: Edit > Clip Boundaries > Join
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