How to Split Audio in Audacity

How to Split Audio in Audacity

How to Split Audio in Audacity

As a content creator, splitting audio is an essential skill to have. Luckily, Audacity makes the process easy and efficient. In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps of splitting audio in Audacity, from importing your audio file to exporting the final product.

Step 1: Import Your Audio File

The first step in splitting audio is to import your audio file into Audacity. To do this, click on File > Import > Audio. This will bring up a window where you can browse for and select your audio file.

Once you’ve selected your audio file, click Open. Your audio file will now be displayed in the Audacity interface.

Step 2: Select the Section You Want to Split

Before you can split your audio file, you need to select the section you want to split. This can be done by clicking and dragging your mouse over the section of the audio file you want to split.

Alternatively, you can use the Selection Tool (the tool that looks like an I-beam) to select your audio segment. Simply click at the beginning of your segment and drag your mouse to the end of the segment to select it.

Step 3: Split the Audio

Now that you’ve selected your audio segment, it’s time to split it. To do this, click on Edit > Clip Boundaries > Split. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + I (Windows) or Command + I (Mac) to split the audio file.

After you’ve split your audio, you should see two separate audio files in the Audacity interface. The audio file that comes before your split will be on the top, while the audio file that comes after your split will be on the bottom.

Step 4: Export Your Split Audio Files

The final step in splitting audio is to export your split audio files. To do this, click on File > Export > Export Selected Audio. This will bring up a window where you can select the file format you want to use (such as MP3 or WAV) and where you want to save your file.

Once you’ve selected your file format and save location, click Export. Your split audio files will now be saved as separate files.

Other Tips for Splitting Audio in Audacity

Here are a few additional tips to keep in mind when splitting audio in Audacity:

  • If you make a mistake while splitting audio, you can use the Undo function (Edit > Undo or Ctrl + Z / Command + Z) to go back a step.
  • If you want to split your audio file into more than two separate files, simply repeat steps 2-4 for each additional segment you want to split.
  • If you want to split your audio file based on specific intervals (for example, splitting a podcast every 10 minutes), you can use Audacity’s Label Tracks feature. This allows you to add markers to your audio file and then split your audio based on those markers.


Splitting audio in Audacity is a straightforward process that can save you a lot of time and effort as a content creator. By following the steps outlined in this article, you should be able to split your audio quickly and easily, allowing you to focus on creating the content that matters most.

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