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There is no Audacity GUI available way for a user to save/restore their carefully created Audacity settings for Toolbars and Prefences, their Audacity environment(s).
The only workaround available is for the user to save the audacity.cfg file somewhere on the their file structure. Then subsequently copy this saved audacity.cfg back into the ...\Appdata\Roaming\Audacity folder (Windows file structure, similar exists on macOS and Linux). This may be deemed a little too technical, too inaccessible to many of our users.
This recent Forum posting was the trigger for this proposal.
The only reset currently availble in the GUI is a reset of the Toolbar layout - but that is only to the default settings.
Introduce commands for
- Save Settings
- This would pop up a dialog asking the user to name the setting
- IF a name already in use the user would be asked if they want to Replace it
- Restore Settings
This is like saving presets in effects.
The settings saved would effectively be both the Toolbar layout and the Preferences settings. This is easily achievable by saving the current audacity.cfg under the user's chosen name and restoring it later when required.
It would be useful if we could incorporate a "Factory Settings" for the default settings (as we do with presets for effects).
In theory we could have separate named settings for Toolbars and Prefererence, but I think it is simpler and easier for the user (and a developer) to convolve the two.
My current thinking is that the most appropriate menu for thes comannds would be the Edit Menu.
If we are worried about menu length we could have an entry in the Edit Menu for "Settings" and a sun-menu for Save and Restore.
- There is no mechanism from within the Audacity GUI to easily restore a user's settings to a know preferred position. It is all too easy to mess up your settings (or want temporarily to deviate from your normal settings) so a simple traightforward way to achieve reset would be useful.
Previous Feature Requests relating to this proposal