Track creep - unnecessary Tracks added automatically

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Camtasia 9.1.1 (x64, Win) keeps creating unnecessary Track's.

Issues:
1) I constantly need to scroll up/down in the tracks pane
2) I constantly need to remind myself to check where stuff is getting added (on the current track on on (current track + 1) and drag things down

Scenario:
1) My Track 1 is screencast
2) My Track 2 is "stuff" (captions, annotations)
3) Sometimes there's not enough space so Track 3 gets created automatically. Fine. But then when there's no space on Track 3, or even out of blue, things get added to Track 4 and so on all the way to Track 8.

Expected behavior:
1) If I'm on Track 2 and want to add stuff for which there's no space at the same time, create Track 3 (unless there's an option to prevent that)
2) If I'm on Track 3 or higher, check for space on a lower Track number (e.g. Track 2) rather than create new tracks
3) Along the ideas to be able to lock tracks in some way, maybe it'd be interesting to be able to allocate Track 2 to CC, Track 3 to annotations, or set some sort of preferences.
But 1) and 2) would be enough.
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kayakman, Champion

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I understand your frustration; the current Camtasia behavior requires lots of manual track management as you've described

one small workaround that helps is to group everything, like media tracks, which reduces the project to 1 track.

then, add all of a type of stuff, like callouts; they will go on a new, track 2

do the same for captions; they'll all go on their own track

if you want, un-group everything at the end of editing

note: there is a bug related to transitions within a group; can result in a flawed production; so at end of editing, un-group all, then add in transitions
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The grouping idea is a good one.

I've tried something like this (but I didn't group them smartly like you said - I'd just drag the item down to a lower numbered track with empty space.
I am now getting to the pint where dragging each new item to a lower numbered track is becoming a routine, so it's getting less frustrating...  But in case of some vids it is very easy to drag the caption or callout to a slightly different position on the timeline, so hopefully this will be addressed in a not too distant future.
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another trick that can help at times ...

if you want to add items [callouts, captions, etc] on their own, new track, even if there is space on the top track, then just lock the top track; that will force new items onto a new track; this is how I get all my captions to go onto their own track; you can then select all on the track [grouping can help here], and drag them elsewhere if desired