There are two text editing modes available when working within a composition in Descript, Edit Audio mode and Correcting Text mode.

Use Edit Audio mode when you want to edit audio by editing text, and Correcting Text mode when you want to correct errors in a Transcript from within a composition.

You can toggle between the two Text Editing Modes by pressing  command + E.

Edit Audio Mode

If you'd like to edit audio by editing the text of a script, use Edit Audio mode.

To put a composition into Edit Audio mode,  choose "Edit Audio" from the Mode Select Dropdown in the document toolbar, or by pressing  command + E from within Correcting Text mode.

In Edit Audio mode, the background of your Composition is white. 

In Edit Audio mode, actions performed on text are also performed on audio. For example, if you delete something from your script, it will also be deleted from your recording.

Correcting Text Mode

If you want to correct a transcription error, useCorrecting Text mode. 

To put a composition into Correcting Text mode, choose "correct text" from the Mode Select Dropdown in the document toolbar, or by pressing  command + E from within Edit Audio mode.


You'll know you're in Correcting Text mode because the background of your document will change to yellow. 

Now, just type your corrections. While in Correcting Text mode, editing text won't affect the audio and you cannot insert Scratch Text.

Default Mode

You can change the mode a composition defaults to from the preferences. Go to 'Descript' > 'Preferences'  and  click the Audio  tab. 

Now click the Default Mode Dropdown and choose your desired default mode.

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