Managing Audacity Projects

Your first step on a new Audacity project should always be to name it using File > Save As. Then you can press ctrl-S periodically to save changes or use File > Save. In addition to the .aup file, which is the project’s master metadata file, Audacity creates a directory that holds the associated audio files. You can view these in your file manager; there will be many subdirectories full of files with the .au extension.

Adding Audio Files: Import vs. Open

Select File > Open to add an existing audio file to a new, empty project. After that, select File > Import to add more files. Selecting File > Open in a nonempty project opens the file in a new window.

Saving Your Work

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