We are doing voice work (book narration) with Windows 10 and Audacity 2.3.2. We go through to edit mistakes, export the MP3 with the changes made and close the file. In several instances, the edited chapters reverted to the original with the mistakes. I’ve looked through several pages in the forum and elsewhere online looking for help in finding out why this happens. We’ve also installed version 3.1.2 (overwrote the previous version) but when we open a new file, it is back to the older version. I believe I read somewhere that you have to “uninstall” the version you have, then install the update. Is that correct? Thanks in advance for your help.
Note that you should not be re-editing MP3 files in Audacity. Save your master work as .WAV. Later generate a final MP3 file for distribution. Do not re-edit the final MP3.
So this can be tricky to diagnose. Earlier this week, someone posted on the forum that Google drive was making a deleted file magically reappear. So, your first step could be to disconnect from the internet. Also, I have seen a popular audio program (not Audacity) incorrectly (or at least confusingly) open the similarly named .WAV file if it existed in lieu of the specified .MP3 file. It is not clear from your description exactly what you are doing. May I propose using unique file names instead of overwriting ?
We’ve also installed version 3.1.2 (overwrote the previous version) but when we open a new file, it is back to the older version.
If you go to the 64-bit version from the 32-bit version it installs to a new location and you can have both on your computer. Otherwise the old one is normally overwritten when you update.
When it comes to the audio files, I usually export the new file to another folder so there’s no confusion. But, that could be tricky if you keep several versions. I never overwrite the original (but I might delete it when the project is done).