Manage Presets

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Most effects, generators and analyzers in Audacity have a Presets & settings button in their dialog. Clicking this button opens a dropdown menu enabling you to manage presets for the tool and to see some details about the tool.
Accessed by: The Presets & settings or Manage button icon W10.png button at the top left of effects, generators and analyzers dialogs:
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Example of the Normalize effect showing the "Presets & settings" dropdown menu

User Presets

Lets you choose from presets that you have already saved in Audacity (see below). In the image above, this option is grayed out because no user presets have yet been saved.

Save Preset

After you have made adjustments to the settings for the tool, you can use this option to save these settings for later use. When you name the preset you may choose the name of an existing preset and thus update it.

Note carefully that Generators do not save the 'Duration' setting.

Delete Preset

Deletes any user preset that you may previously have saved. In the image above this option is grayed out because no user presets have yet been saved.

Factory Presets

The "Defaults" Factory Preset lets you reset the effect to default settings. For most built-in effects and all plugins shipped with Audacity, "Defaults" is the only available Factory Preset. Third-party plugins may offer multiple named factory presets which you can choose from.


Imports presets which you have exported using the Export option (below) on this or other machines or which you have exported from other software that supports a compatible preset.


Exports an effect's current settings as presets (in a text file) for use in Audacity on other users or machines via Import or for use in other software that supports import of a compatible preset.

Advice Please note the following:
  • The settings Export creates a single exported text file with just the current settings in the effect. It does NOT export your entire set of User Presets.
  • VST effects export to and imports from .xml files rather than text files.


All plugins (except Nyquist) have per-effect options accessed by this menu for one or more of Latency Compensation, Graphical Mode or Buffer Size. If there are no options available (as in the Normalize image above) then this menu item will be grayed out.


Selecting "About" from the Presets & settings button displays an information dialog for the tool.

  • Type: Indicates whether this is a built-in Audacity tool (as the Normalize example is) otherwise indicates the type of plugin it is, for example, Nyquist, LADSPA or VST.
  • Name: The name of the effect, generator or analyzer.
  • Version: Where available, shows the version number of the tool.
  • Vendor: Shows who has provided the tool.
  • Description: Where available, provides a brief description of the tool's features. For VST effects, normally shows the number of audio inputs and outputs.