Tools Menu

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Tools Menu provides miscellaneous commands that:
  • Act on the project.
  • Do not fit into the categories Effects, Generators or Analyzers.
Tip For tools that you use often you can use Keyboard Preferences to set up keyboard shortcuts for those Generators. You can also set up a custom shortcut for Repeat Last Tool.
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Plugin Manager

Selecting this option from the Tools Menu (or the Effect, Generate or Analyze menus) takes you to a dialog which enables you to load and unload Tools (and Effects and Generators and Analyzers) from Audacity. This enables you to customize your Tools Menu making it shorter or longer as required. For details see Plugin Manager.

By default all the Built-in Tools are loaded in Audacity.

Additional plugins can also be loaded into Audacity. For details see Installing plugins on the Audacity Support site for plugin installation details for all three platforms.

See also this set of available Nyquist tool plugins on the Audacity Support site, that you can easily download and add to Audacity.

Macro Manager  

Shows the full-function Manage Macros dialog, from which you can edit macros, and apply them.

Macros (Compact Dialog)  

Use the Shrink button in the full Manage Macros dialog to get the reduced apply-only dialog.

This is a smaller version dialog which only has Apply Macro functionality and no Macro editing available. You can get back to the full Manage Macros version by clicking the Expand button.

This reduced version is useful for presets. It stays open after applying a macro, so it is a palette of custom functions, and you can pick another and apply that.

Tip By default, Macro commands cannot be applied either from a main menu or from a shortcut. They are not "Tool menu" items, and they do not respond to a Repeat Last Tool shortcut (if you have made one).

However, if a Macro has a shortcut, then it becomes listed in Preferences > Keyboard: Tools menu > Apply Macro and it will now respond to "Repeat Last Tool", but only if it has been launched via the shortcut. The macro is still not a "Tool menu item", even though the shortcut effectively is.

Apply Macro

Clicking on this will show a menu with list of all your Macros. Selecting any of these Macros by clicking on it will cause that Macro to be applied to the current project.

Tip The Apply Macro command is a good way of having a palette of favorite presets for the effects you regularly use.

Reset Configuration

This resets your Audacity configuration, preferences, export settings, toolbars and window size, to default settings.

Advice Be aware that this command acts immediately with no dialog and no choice of actions or chance to abort and Undo is not available for this command.

User presets in Effects, Generators and Analyzers are left untouched, as are any Macros you may have created.

Run Benchmark  

Performs a mock editing routine to test how fast Audacity runs on your machine, expressed in terms of the estimated number of simultaneous tracks that could be played at once in a 44,100 Hz, 16 bits per sample project.

If the sample rate of the tracks differs from the Project Rate, causing real-time sample rate conversion, the number of tracks you can play may be lower than the Benchmark result. Using stereo or mono tracks, or using the default 32-bit sample format instead of 16-bit should not significantly change the number of tracks you can play.

Nyquist Plug-in Installer

The Nyquist Plug-in Installer is itself a Nyquist plugin that simplifies the installation of other Nyquist plugins.

All Nyquist plugins are plain text files that have the file name extension '.NY'. This plugin installer provides a file browser for selecting the plugin '.NY' file, and then copies the file to the correct location. Once the plugin has been installed, it may be enabled in the Plugin Manager.

Nyquist Prompt

Enables you to run and debug code snippets for your own plugins created using the Nyquist programming language.

Regular Interval Labels

Places point labels in a label track so as to divide the associated audio into smaller, equally-sized segments. This can be useful for distributing a large file on the Internet or ensuring that all exported files are the same size.

You can either choose the number of labels to be created or the interval between them. Each label produced can contain specified label text and the labels can be given sequential numbers before or after the text.

Sample Data Export

Reads the values of successive samples from the selected audio and prints this data to a plain text, CSV or HTML file. Further information may be added as a "header" at the top of the file.

Sample Data Import

Reads numeric values from a plain ASCII text file and creates a PCM sample for each numeric value read. The values are read as 32-bit floating point numbers, where a range of +/- 1.0 represents 0 dB (full scale).

  • The file MUST be plain ASCII text, and values should be separated by spaces, tabs or line-breaks.
  • The file name must have a '.txt' file extension.