Can't activate EFFECTS

Hello,

I’m an audiobook narrator and I had been happy with using Audacity on my macbook Air. I had to get a new Macbook air this week, downloaded the new version of Audacity, and can’t seem to find the answer to how to activate my effects. Any tutorial I watch sends me around in circles about plugins. I don’t remember it being that complicated the first time around. HELP! I have deadline and can’t do it without noise reduction and compressor specifically. Thanks!

The Compressor is a built-in effect, so that should be available by default.
What’s the problem when you try to apply the Compressor effect?
Which version of Audacity do you have? (Look in “Audacity menu > About Audacity”.)