My difficulties with Audacityt 3.2.1

  1. It appears that Audacity 3.2.1 has lost the option of Position Cursor from the Edit menu. Is that capability missing from this version, or can it be enabled in a different way? Has this capability been restored in a subsequent version of Audacity?
  2. I was unable to save the first recording I made with Audacity 3.2.1 as .mp3 or .wav. Being in a hurry, I was finally able to save it as .aup3 (also .aup3-shm and .aup3-wal). This appears to be an Audacity-specific format, but I can’t load it back into Audacity by any of my conventional methods. How can I load this file into Audacity? Or, how can I convert this file outside of Audacity to a format that Audacity will then accept?

Try View > Extra Menus; Then Extra > Cursor

FIle > Save saves in a format unique to Audacity.

To create a .WAV or .MP3 file, use File > Export.

On the Transport menu, there’s now a cursor to sub menu, which contains the commands which used to be available in the move cursor menu of the Edit menu, a long time ago.

Thanks jademan! I will try your suggestions re cursor position. But regarding my format question, you are right of course about the difference between saving and exporting. I had always used Export previously, but it is possible that in my panic to preserve quickly what I had just recorded, I selected Save instead of Export, and that may be how I got myself into my current jam.
Now when I open Audacity, I always get an “Automatic Crash Recovery” dialogue box. It lists my recoverable projects, including the recording I saved as .aup3. The box gives me the options to discard or recover the projects. When I select Recover, I get a “Project Recovered Box” that says “This project was not saved properly the last time Audacity ran. It has been recovered in the last snapshot, but you must save it to preserve its contents.” When I hit OK, it just opens Audacity again in a new window displaying the same “Project Recovered Box”. (And I have never heard of Audacity snapshots!)
Initially, I had also managed to export an .aup3 file of my recording, but Audacity won’t accept it back into the program so that I can then export it as .mp3 or .wav.
All I want is my recording in a format that Audacity can deal with, whether that can be achieved inside or outside of Audacity. If you or anyone else can give me instructions or suggestions for how to accomplish that, I’m all ears. Thanks!

So have you tried this recovery procedure? Corrupt or Otherwise Broken Audacity Project Recovery

If that fails, you can try some specialized options at step 9, for example , there is “-extract_sample_blocks” instead of “-drop_autosave”; see “Using the audacity-project-tools” at GitHub - audacity/audacity-project-tools for additional information.

Hello! My name is Adriannel Brooks. Let me help you in detail.
The issue you’re experiencing with Audacity may be due to the file format you saved your recording in. It appears that you saved it as an .aup3 file, which is a format specific to Audacity. To load this file back into Audacity, you’ll need to open Audacity and then go to “File” > “Open” and navigate to the location where you saved the .aup3 file. You should be able to open it and work with it in Audacity.

If you’re still having trouble opening the .aup3 file in Audacity, you can try converting it to a format that Audacity accepts, such as .mp3 or .wav. There are many free online file conversion tools available that can convert your file to a different format. Once you have converted the file, you can try opening it in Audacity again.

In the future, it’s important to save your recordings in a format that is widely accepted and compatible with different software programs, such as .mp3 or .wav, to avoid compatibility issues.

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