Optimize Timeline Height?

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My project has only one track (and no audio), but the timeline height does not reduce to only showing one track, i.e., there is always a blank area where the Track 2 would be. This is a waste of valuable screen real estate. How do lower the height of the timeline so it only shows the one track, .. and hopefully, gives me a bigger Canvas/preview area?
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Joe Morgan

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If your referring to this area.

You cannot size the timeline any smaller than shown.

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David B. Demyan

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When floating the cursor over the boundary between the canvas and timeline, it should turn to double-ended arrow and you can drag down to minimize the track view. However, the minimum I could get on my big monitor is 2 shortened tracks high.

If you need even more space, you might try undocking the canvas. Here's how:

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to get the biggest canvas/preview area, detach the canvas, full screen it, alt-tab between the timeline view and full-sized canvas view
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Thanks for you replies. It seems weird that TechSmith insists on the minimum timeline height as the height of two full tracks, i.e.,  wasting the space for a whole non-existent track, especially given when I work with multiple tracks I can scroll tracks out of view.
The problem with detaching the canvas is it covers the edit cursor. I cannot choose edit points AND monitor a large detached canvas (when using one monitor). That could be partially solved by giving us a detached (floating) Timeline, as well as the Canvas.  But the correct solution would be to 1) let us shrink the height of the timeline bar to whatever we want and 2) give us some shortened track heights. For example, in Windows, the TaskBar preferences includes a "Use small taskbar buttons" setting. Why can't Camtasia have something like that?