This ensures the original file and folder names are retained. The Import command is used to import audio data into an already open project, whereas the Open command used on an external audio file either imports the file into the current project if it never contained any other tracks, otherwise imports it into a new project window. When importing uncompressed audio files, such as WAV or AIFF, Audacity has an import preference that lets you save disk space and edit the files almost immediately by reading them directly from their original source location, rather than copying them into the project.
If you import the files by reading them directly, you must not at that point rename, move or delete those original source files and must not modify them outside Audacity.
When you first import a file by any means, for example by using or by dragging the file in, the preference is automatically set to "copy in" and a Warning dialog is presented explaining the difference between copy-in and read-directly and asking which method should be used for this import.
You can unhide extensions on Windows by following these instructions.
The project file describes how Audacity links these AU files together to make up the clips and tracks in the project; it also contains gain, pan and envelope information, data to manage the waveform display and carries links to any dependent audio files being read directly from their source location.
You can opt for Audacity to use your current choice in future and not ask again, but you can change your choice at any time in Import - Export Preferences.
When a project is saved and the "faster" option has been chosen, Audacity will display a dialog box showing these dependencies and give the option of copying all of the audio data into the project.Delete Project command in Audacity; therefore to delete a project to free up disk space it is necessary to make the deletion manually.You will need to delete both the AUP file and its associated, identically named _data folder.At any time it is possible to click on Moving or renaming Audacity projects can be tricky due to their complex structure as described above.Any project can be moved on the same computer, or renamed, by making a copy of the project with the Regular backups should if possible be made to one or two devices other than the device the current project is stored on, as computer hard drives can fail, destroying all data.The structure of a saved Audacity project is: Note that default behavior on Windows and Mac is to hide certain file extensions ; if this applies, the file will only appear as "my_song" in the computer.