Downloaded Audacity on new computer - won't automatically convert files?

I downloaded Audacity on a new computer and went to upload a file to edit like normal, but it keeps giving me warnings about the file type not being correct. With my last laptop, Audacity was doing the file converting for me. It has been so long, I can’t remember how I got that to start happening in Audacity. Any tips?

Maybe you should be a bit more precise.
What files did you want to use - mp3, WAV, AIFF, …?
How/what did you want to convert to?
How did you want to “upload” these files? Open them from within Audacity, or double-clicking the files themselves, or …?
What version of Audacity are you using?

I’m used to importing a WAV file and Audacity automatically converting it to an mp3 before I start editing. Mp3 is the desired file.

I am using the latest version - Audacity 3.5.1.

No, it never converted automatically to an mp3. It imports your soud files and - when you save them - it saves them as an Audacity-project.

The 3.5.x version saves the project in one single file with the file extension “.aup3”. Earlier versions were less intuitive, they saved a file and a folder - if one was lost, your whole project was lost.

To get an mp3-version, you need to use the export function of Audacity and select mp3 with the desired quality settings.

The Audacity online manual is a good source of infotmation. Here is the section about exporting.

Respectfully, that just isn’t true. I know my experience with the program and I remember the pop up about automatically converting files. It did this for me for almost two years before I switched laptops. How else was I able to get WAV files into audacity without having to save them as an mp3?

I’ve used Audacity for many years (at least as far back as 2.0), and it has never in that time automatically converted an imported file to MP3. You can import a WAV file and edit it all you want as an Audacity project, but if you want to save it as some audio format (MP3, WAV, etc.), you have to manually do an “export”.

Besides, why would Audacity arbitrarily pick MP3 as the format to automatically convert imported files to?

How else was I able to get WAV files into audacity without having to save them as an mp3?

Audacity has always been able to open/import WAV files.

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