Export Selected Audio greyed out after 2 uses per session

Today I downloaded v2.1.3 in the hope that it might cure this problem. I record Big Band music performances with about 12 or more numbers per 1 hour session as a single .wav file. However, when I import one of them into Audacity to separate the ‘tracks’ and remove the inter tune chat, I can only highlight one tune and ‘Export Selected’ twice, after which the only options available under the ‘File’ tab are:

Recent Files

with all other options greyed out.

I don’t understand why this happens. Is it a bug?


This could be a Windows thing, but my File menu doesn’t have “Exit.”
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Did you get your Audacity from here?


Yes. It’s a Windows thing. “File” gets scrambled between the two platforms.

It might be worth noting that I can’t get that few menu items to highlight even if I don’t have a timeline at all.

What happens if you disconnect the network, stop the virus software and try it again? If you restart the machine make sure you deep restart it with Shift-Shutdown, then start. If you install Audacity again, you can hard restart that by ticking the installer box that says [X] reset preferences and settings.


Get global.

Does it do that to any sound file, or only your hour-long show?

I can’t tell from the post, but are you exporting one song twice, for example, one WAV and one MP3? And then the third export fails?

Does it work if you export to the desktop?

There is a desperation method. Place labels at the beginning of each tune and beginng of each block of chatter.


File > Export Multiple. That should give you a pile of music files and a pile of short chatter files. Throw the chatter files away.


I’ll answer some of the queries above in one hit;

I downloaded it from: https://sourceforge.net/projects/audacity/

It happens with any long file including Wedding & Funeral services where I need to remove unwanted silences, noises etc.

I am only importing a long .wav file and exporting each tune only as a .wav file.

I’ll try exporting to desktop and report back.

THanks for all replies to date.


That’s an old version.

The current version is 2.1.3 and is available via the Audacity website: https://www.audacityteam.org/download/windows/

Having downloaded Version 2.1.3 it is exactly the same with its result, unfortunately


It happens with any long file

It sounds like you do this all the time. Is your drive filling up? The video people have a symptom where “suddenly, everything acts weird for no apparent reason.” If you have “satellite” or extension drives, any one of them filling up can cause insanity. Doesn’t have to be the system drive.

Again for the long time users, Windows machines can get fragmented and if you shut your machine down at night, Windows has no chance to automatically fix it.

If you have a solid state drive, this doesn’t work.