Microphone doesn't show on toolbar

Hi there,

When I open my Audacity the part of the toolbar that supposed to show
mic or microphone stays blank.

Is this common?

This is my first time using the software and was following a tutorial when
I noticed the problem.



It’s pretty common. Whether or not that menu appears depends on your soundcard drivers.

You should be able to use the Edit → Preferences → Audio I/O menu to change the input and output sources. That’s the best way to do it. [ctrl]+p is the keyboard shortcut.