Can't open project

Audacity 2.1.1 on Windows 7.

After a few months, I’m back with a strange problem. I can’t get the organ music file (VORC008) to load into Audacity. Before (in September) when I clicked on VORC008 it would load into Audacity. Now when I click on VORC008 it changes into “e00” which won’t load into Audacity It does nothing when I click on it (e00). Back in September, I called up the file from Sansa Clip recorder and it loaded in Audacity immediately. My eventual goal is to create a file with the organ music into a MP3 file that will load into Windows Media Center and burn the music piece onto a CD disk in MP3 format to play on a PA system.

As this is a new question, I’ve split it to a new topic.

It sounds like you are clicking on the _data folder rather than on the .AUP file.

If you’ve not already done so, I’d recommend that you set Windows to not hide file extensions, then you will be able to see the “.aup” at the end of the file name. See:

Be aware that there are two parts to an Audacity project, the AUP file and the associated _data folder. (More info here:

Here I am back on this project that has extended for many months. (I haven’t been working on it all these months but finally got back to it again) To reiterate, I have an .aup file that I opened in Audacity and edited it. Now I wan’t to do what is necessary to convert the edited .aup file to a file that can be played in a MS Media Player or other similar device. I have accumulated all the good advice you folks gave me and have it all printed out, but I am not able to comprehend what I have to do (parenthetically I am not a 12 year old computer genius) I am 96 years old and have been fooling with computers since they came out in 1979 or so but I have never had any real training. I started with a Timex-Sinclair that had no storage at all. We used cassette tape recorders storage. To get to the point:. If I sent you the organ music file in question, would you convert it for me into mp3 or what ever file can be burned on a CD disk? I would be glad to pay for your help. Better yet could you burn it directly on the disk so that it would be ready to play?

Many thanks…mac895


You should just open the AUP file by double-clicking it, then it will open in Audacity. Or, start Audacity first, then do File > Open… and select the AUP file and open it.

If you have got that far already, and you can see tall blue waves inside Audacity, then what you need to do is File > Export Audio… and choose WAV for the export format. See here: Export Audio - Audacity Manual. WAV is perfect quality and is the best choice for burning to CD.

There is good information about burning to CD from a WAV file here:
Tutorial - Burning music files to a CD - Audacity Manual.

You can play the WAV in Windows Media Player too.


Thanks for the encouragement. It appears that my file has been converted to a .wav file since it appears in the file name in the Audacity file box. Now the problem is I can’t get Windows Media Player (WMP)to accept my .wav file. After I type in c\users where the file is stored, WMP breaks in and says no files found. It won’t let me finish typing in the file location and name. Maybe I should highlight the file name and click it into the WMP file box rather than type it in letter for letter. I’ll try that. Such a pain.

Mac 895

Open Windows Media Player. Press ALT on your keyboard then you can see File > Open. No need to type the file name.

Or right-click the WAV in Explorer, Choose “Open with” then choose Windows Media Player.


You are a genius. It worked perfectly after I followed your instructions… How do I save it in Media Player? Is there a location? Maybe I could give it a separate folder. I’m going to have to do some further editing of the data. As you know if you have listened to the piece. there is some booming undercurrents to the music. I think it would sound better if this could be eliminated. Maybe you can help me with this. Many thanks for helping me. Audacity is an absolutely wonderful app. Gosh the people who put it together are to be congratulated many times. I would be glad to make a contribution to the organization if that is possible. All the best…mac895.

Windows Media Player can’t save files except burn them to CD. Is that what you mean? If so have a look at this link:

Could you start a new topic for that question, and attach a small sample (WAV file) of the music where there is a booming noise. The problem could have a number of causes. This link explains how you can save and attach a small file for us: How to post an audio sample.

Any contribution you are able to make would be gratefully accepted. Please see


OK I’ll open a new project. Meanwhile I’m having trouble loading an edited file into MS Media Player. I was able to load the original unedited file into Media Player, but when I highlighted an edited version I get a message that the file is installed on another device. When I shut down Audacity and highlight and double click the edited file, it starts Audacity rather than Media Player. Very frustrating. Hope you can help…mac895

Yet another problem. I can’t find out how to start a new string of posts. Please help stupid me on that simple problem…mac895

I can’t find my post about my trouble in opening my file in WMP. Here it is again. While I did it yesterday now I can’t get it to load again. I look up the file in search and highlight it and click on it. Occasionally this will cause Audacity to come on, or an error message that the file is in use in another app. So I can’t get it into WMP to play or burn a CD. WMP doesn’t seem to have a way to load a file by itself. If I try to load the file clicking on the file in Audacity “current files”, I get the same message that it is use in another app.

Thanks for your help…mac895

It sounds like you are trying to open an “Audacity Project” rather than an “audio file”.
When you “Save” in Audacity, it saves a “project” which is not a normal audio file. Only Audacity can open Audacity projects.
To create a normal audio file you must “Export”.

I thought I’d already posted a link about this. Please see the first paragraph in the blue box at the top of this page:

I’m sorry. I can’t understand anything about exporting. It’s far too complex for me.

I would appreciate it if I could just send you the aup file and you clean it up and put it the right form to play on WMP and then you burn it to a CD with 2 copies. That would make me so very happy.

Many thanks…mac895

It’s not hard.
All you need to do is select “Export Audio” from the File menu rather than “Save” and follow the on-screen prompts. Specifically, this is what you would do if Audacity has default settings:


  1. File menu > Export Audio
    The “Export Dialog” window opens. This is where you tell Audacity where to put the exported file, what file name to give it, and what audio file format to use.
    We will put the exported file into your “Music” folder. We will call the exported file “test1.wav” and we shall export it as a WAV file.

The export dialog looks something like this:

2) Next we need to tell Audacity where to put the file “test1.wav”. We will put the file into the “Music” folder. I think that on Windows 7 you will find this folder in the “Libraries” section. if you can’t find the “Music” folder, stop at this point and ask - I’m sure one of the Windows guys will be able to tell you exactly how to find it.

3) Next, type in the file name “test1.wav” (without the quotes) into the “File name” box.
There are some important rules about naming files.

File names usually have two parts - the name itself (in this case “test1”) and the “file name extension” (in this case “wav”). The two parts are separated by a dot.
The file name extension tells Windows programs what sort of file to expect. We are going to make a “WAV” file, so we will add the file extension “wav”. Usually you don’t need to add the file extension, but so long as you use the right file extension, it is safe to do so, so in this example we will.

The file “name” and the file “extension” are separated by a dot (“.”). This is the only place you should use a dot in the name.

By default, Windows hides the file extension of some types of file. In my opinion this was a terrible decision on the part of Microsoft, utterly stupid. I presume they did it to make things more simple, but in reality it just makes file names harder to understand.

Some characters are not allowed by Windows. The simplest way to avoid trouble is to use these characters only and no others:
letters (a-z A-Z), numbers (0-9), space (" “), underscore (”_").
Do not use any punctuation characters or any other “special” characters. Stick to the simple rule “letters, numbers, space, underscore” and you will never have a problem with file names.

4) Finally we need to tell Audacity what sort of audio file to make.
“WAV” is always a safe choice because virtually all programs understand WAV files. To give it its full name, we will export as “WAV (Microsoft) signed 16-bit PCM”. This is the default for Audacity, but if you have changed it, select from the “Save as type” dropdown list the option that says “WAV (Microsoft) signed 16-bit PCM”.

That’s the hard bit done.

  1. Click the “Save” button.

Next up comes the “Metadata Editor”. This allows you to add “tags” to the file. Most programs can’t read tags from WAV files, so we can ignore the Metadata Editor by accepting the defaults.

  1. In the “Metadata Editor”, click the “OK” button.

That’s it. All done. Audacity now exports your project as a WAV file. More specifically, in this example it exports you project a a 16-bit WAV file with the name “test1.wav” into your “Music” folder.

When Audacity has finished exporting, if you use the computer’s file browser to look in the “Music” folder, you should find a file called “test1” (Windows has probably hidden the file extension so you can’t see the “.wav” part of the file name).

When you want to start a new topic, just click this link:


That sounds like you are trying to open the AUP file (the Audacity project) in Windows Media Player. That won’t work.

You need to edit the Audacity project to remove the booming noise (if that is possible) then export a new WAV file, then open Windows Media Player, ALT, then File > Open the new WAV file so you can burn it to CD.


Thanks for the very detailed explanation. You are very nice to put up with me. I tried to follow it step by step, but after getting to the bottom and clicking SAVE, I can’t find the file in any of the music folders. Maybe I made a mistake. I didn’t give the file name you suggested but used the name I have always been using for the organ music: VORC008Rev1*. Should that make any difference?..mac895

There was an indication that there was a reply to my report earlier today (Feb 12) that I wasn’t able to make the download work, but I can’t find the reply. Kind of a comedy of errors. Since this string is getting so lengthy, maybe we should start another. Could you do that or should I?

You know how to do it, so please take over.

Tomorrow I’ll try again following your instructions to the letter (use test1.wav) etc.

Ireally do appreciate your taking all this time to help me out.


You may as well stay in this topic to discuss about exporting. Start a new topic if you post a sample of the booming noise.