Copy a Selection From One Track to The Same Location in a Different Track

By TOM BOWSER

How to copy a selection from one track to the same location in a different track within the session. The selection that is pasted will occupy the same horizontal position on the time line as the selection that was copied. We will be working in the Pro Tools Edit window.

  • Click on the "Commands Keyboard Focus" button to enable it. It is the small box with the letters 'a' and 'z' in it. It is located in the upper right corner of the Edit window. See the image below.
Enable Commands keyboard Focus in Pro Tools
  • Select a section of a track. To make a selection within a track:
    • Press and hold down your left mouse button then drag your mouse to the right (or left) to highlight the track.
    • Release your mouse button once you have made your selection.
A Selection in the Pro Tools Timeline
  • Copy the selected section by pressing the letter "c" key on your keyboard.
  • Press the p key to move the selected area up or the ; key to move it down vertically through your tracks. I moved the selection down into a new, empty track I created. See the next image.
  • The selected section is a darker grey within the track you move it to. See image below.
A Selection Moved Vertically in Pro Tools Timeline
  • Press the v key on your keyboard to paste the selection into the track.
A Selection Pasted into the Pro Tools Timeline

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