Audacity Version 2.0.5 FeaturesStop Working Fast (Win 8.1)

Dear reader(s),

Not very long ago I downloaded Audacity version 2.0.5 and I’ve been using it to record audio. As soon as I finish recording, many of the features on Audacity no longer work, and in order to use them I have to close the program and open it up again. The playback features remain okay although everything else stops working after I record. I have a Windows 8.1 operating system and I am wondering if anyone is experiencing the same problem or knows how to fix it. Otherwise, I hope an Audacity developer looks into this report and issues for a fix if the problem is official. Thank you for your time.

There is no such known problem, unless you mean that you press Pause after record, in which case please press the yellow Stop button to re-enable the menu items.

If that does not help, please give far more detail. Exactly what are you recording with what device (make and model number)?

What exactly do you try to do after you you finish recording and what happens when you do that?


The first suggestion your proposed is unfortunately not the solution to my problem. What I record on Audacity is music from YouTube. I have an HP ENVY dv6-7273ca notebook PC. What I usually try to do after I finish recording YouTube music on Audacity is I usually try to cut out audio from the beginning or the end of the track and when I click the cut button on Audacity or try the hot key for it, it usually doesn’t work right after the recording. After I trim the audio (or if I don’t) I export the audio to an MP3 format file. When I click on the file tab after I’ve finished recording and try to export, the feature appears in gray (meaning it cannot be accessed).

That model may have “Beats Audio” built-in sound which is usually more or less broken.

Exactly what input do you choose in Audacity to do that?

How long are the recordings?

Uncheck “Snap To” at the bottom of the window.

Which feature exactly by name cannot be accessed? You cannot export selection unless you have a selection. Try File > Export… instead.

If the problem continues I suggest you uninstall the 2.0.5 you have, download it from us at Audacity ® | Download for Windows then run the installer. Half way through installation, in the “Select Additional Tasks” screen, put a check (tick) in the “Reset Preferences” box. Complete the installation. On launching Audacity, a dialog will appear. Confirm that you want to reset preferences.

If that doesn’t help, right-click over the installed audacity.exe, choose “Properties”, click the “Compatibility” tab and investigate those options.


It seems as I was verifying which features exactly stopped working after I would record, Audacity has started working normally now all of a sudden. When I posted this forum, the problem I mentioned had occurred more than once, and it struck me as a concern. Now that Audacity seems to be working normally again, I cannot be certain if it will go and repeat the flaw I was experiencing earlier. As a result, I’ll inform if the problem returns and I’ll answer the questions you last left me before Audacity started working. If I do not report back here, I sincerely thank you for trying to help me out Gale Andrews, happy new year.