The wordbar

The wordbar tells you exactly what words a waveform represents, and it's for quickly adding or removing space between words.

Adjusting word boundaries and alignment

Descript automatically aligns your transcript with your script audio so that your edits remove only the portion of audio corresponding with a given word. In the event that a word is improperly aligned, you can make adjustments to its start and end boundaries in the wordbar to assure your transcript, captions or exported subtitles are lined up correctly.

To adjust a word’s alignment:

  1. Zoom in on the word in the Timeline until it has been ungrouped from other words around it.
  2. Hover your cursor over a start or end word boundary.
  3. Press and hold the Command (macOS) or Control (Windows) key; you will see the trim icon appear.
  4. Click and drag the word boundary to the desired position above the waveform below.

Word-level adjustment

Word boundary adjustments must be performed on a per-word basis. You may need to zoom in a little on the Timeline to get the trim tool to appear in tightly spaced words.

Adjusting the timing of your script from the wordbar

Select and drag a word from the wordbar to adjust the timing of your script.


  • Dragging left shortens word gaps and potentially trims script media.
  • Dragging right will extend the word gap and do one of two things:
    • Add a gap clip if the script media is audio-only.
    • Add a freeze frame if the script media contains video.


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