Drag Shortcut in Windows 10

On Windows 10. Here’s the setup:

We have a folder that contains (consolidates) files that we use for musical beds. These files had previously been spread across the hard drive, often with multiple copies. We then use shortcuts in each client’s folder to save space on the drive.

So, dragging the shortcut into an open project does not work:

Audacity did not recognize the type of the file ‘C:\000 SHOWs\client\Work Parts\Terry Macalmom Live Worship - Shortcut.lnk’. If it is uncompressed, try importing it using “Import Raw”.

Is this an easy fix in the code to import the file the shortcut is pointing to?

Are all these individual Projects?

Given that any one Project consist of two parts: the AUP file which is a XML text file…

…that tells Audacity what to do with all that stuff in the _DATA folder.

The only safe, easy way to move an Audacity Project is from inside Audacity. Save the known, good, working show to the target folder.

If you do have a project that just won’t open even though you did everything right, open the AUP file in a text editor (don’t save anything) and make sure it’s not blank. Audacity creates the AUP file last when you save a Project. There are conditions when it just doesn’t get written.



I create new projects for each client each week. We primarily use SoundForge PRO, but I use Audacity for the easy ability to multi-track edit. I normally use Explorer to check out prior weeks’ reference files, and want to double-click that AUP file to open the project window. Instead, I then have to navigate INSIDE the File Open dialog to the folder I just found in Explorer.

I’ve also found that the driver for the professional sound card in this machine requires that I not close the Audacity instance. Hence the desire to double-click to open a project.

Hope this helps.

Audacity 2.1.2

Sorry, confused myself as to which post I was on.

The shortcut is always to an mp3 file that I would like to add to the current project. My workaround is to right-click on the shortcut in Explorer and Open File Location, then drag the file into the project, then navigate back to the show/spot folder.

It’s not a fix the developers are keen to make, because it may require substantial rearranging and restructuruing of the code.

Audacity does not currently import AUP files or links to them. But you can, as I stated in your other post, double-click the AUP file or a shortcut to it to open it in another window in the same instance of Audacity.

I think that will open a new project window in the same Audacity instance.

If you can script the original file locations into a file, you can use Audacity’s LOF Files feature - this imports files into the same project by default.