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Audacity 2.1.0 Manual

This online Manual is only for the latest 2.1.0-alpha development code. The online Manual for the current 2.0.6 release is here. Click here for legacy 1.2 documentation.

Help Resources

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Using Audacity


Guide to the Project Window

Hover over and click on the image to learn more. Skip the image

Peter 19Feb15: I added a target rectangle to the imagemap for the Audacity Project Name. For now the text on the image just says "Audacity" as the project had not been saved.

ToDo-2 Placeholder to update the image to show "Audacity project name", no time for this prior to 2.1.0 - unless Bill can fake it, I tried but the color tones in the blue did not match.

Audacity project nameFile MenuEdit MenuView MenuTransport MenuTracks MenuGenerate MenuEffect MenuAnalyze MenuHelp MenuMenu BarPause ButtonPlay ButtonStop ButtonSkip to Start ButtonSkip to End ButtonRecord ButtonTransport ToolbarSelection ToolEnvelope ToolDraw ToolZoom ToolTime Shift ToolMultl-ToolTools ToolbarMeter Dropdown MenuMeter Dropdown MenuRecording MetersPlayback MetersPlayback SliderRecording SliderMixer ToolbarCut ButtonCopy ButtonPaste ButtonTrim ButtonSilence Audio ButtonUndo ButtonRedo ButtonSync-lock Tracks ButtonZoom In ButtonZoom Out ButtonZoom to Selection ButtonZoom to Fit ButtonEdit ToolbarTranscription ToolbarHost Dropdown MenuRecording Device Dropdown MenuRecording Channels Dropdown MenuPlayback Device Dropdown MenuDevice ToolbarTimelineTrack Close ButtonAudio Track Dropdown MenuTrack InfoMute ButtonSolo ButtonTrack Gain SliderTrack Pan SliderTrack Collapse buttonVertical ScaleLeft Channel of Stereo Audio TrackRight Channel of Stereo Audio TrackTrack Control PanelLabel Track Close ButtonLabel Track Dropdown MenuTrack Collapse buttonLabel TrackProject Rate Dropdown MenuSnap To OptionsSelection ToolbarStatus BarFront page image - intermediate size 864x587px.png

More Details for the Project Window

Additional Menus on Mac:
Additional Track types:
More Details for Importing and Exporting :

LAME MP3 export and FFmpeg import/export libraries for more formats

On-Demand Loading of uncompressed files

Preferences - changing your settings

Preferences are at the bottom of the Edit menu (or in the Audacity menu on Mac).

Many settings can be changed including keyboard shortcuts and the interface language.

Preferences settings can be reset to default at any time.

Index, Glossary and More

Links: Most links are to other pages in this Manual. Bold italicized  links are to a description in our Glossary. Other italicised  links are to pages external to this Manual, mostly to our main website or Wiki. We are not responsible for the content of any other external sites.

Screenshots: Unless otherwise stated, screenshots in this Manual are of Audacity running under its default settings on the Microsoft Windows 7® operating system. Representative images of Audacity running on Mac OS X and Linux are also included.

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