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Understanding Categories

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  • You can get a comprehensive list of all categories from Special:Categories. This list has the advantage that as well as naming the categories it shows the number of articles in each category too.

Search Strategies

Most people arriving at this page are searching for something. The box below gives some tips on searching the Wiki in various ways. The list of categories follows.

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Usual Recommendation

  • Try Google and type in the words you were hoping for. If there is a peculiar error message, typing a key phrase from that message, possibly in quotes so that it gets treated as a phrase, may get you what you want.
  • The FAQ  answers frequently answered questions. It's a good place to start.
  • Our Tutorials cover a very wide range of common problems.
  • The Audacity Forum is an active community site with many questions, comments and answers by users of Audacity. If you haven't found your answer here, posting a question there is a good thing to try.

Category Intros

Each category has a brief introduction. At this current moment some of those intros are as follows:

For Users

This category is for pages that are relevant to using Audacity.

For Developers

Pages in this category are likely only to be of interest to developers.

For Editors

This category has pages with information for anyone wanting to edit this Wiki, and also some information for editors of our Wiki-based Manual.
On this Wiki only the most basic help on editing can be given. The current main page on editing is: Audacity Wiki editing.


This category contains online resources for users to meet each other, read our developer news or contact our Team.
  • These pages are more about the social, organizational and psychological side of Audacity and only indirectly about technology.

Google Summer of Code

Google Summer of Code  (GSoC) is Google's program for promoting Open Source Software development. Audacity was a mentoring organization for five students for Google Summer of Code 2008, and mentored two students in 2009.


This category contains foreign language material about Audacity. It is also for pages about how the Audacity program, documentation and web sites are translated, and about how this process can be extended and improved.

Feature Planning

This category is for pages about ideas for future changes to Audacity.
These pages include our current Roadmap and ideas for Google Summer of Code projects.
This is how we get from ideas to new releases of Audacity
Feature Requests   -->   Proposals   -->   Projects   -->   Releases
Feature Votes Category Status
Improvements to the "Macros" (batch processing) feature - many high-rated requests, total as shown 224 Automation Done.png Some enhancements (Automation Project) ToDo.png Many more possibilities.
Real-time effects 166 Effects Done.png Basics (Effect-Preview button). ToDo.png Full feature.
Multi-channel playback 84 Playback Enhancements
PDF version of Manual 82 Interface Modifications Done.png Draft Experimental PDF for 2.2.0 available. Offers of help to improve on this are welcome!
Punch-in and punch-out" recording 79 Recording Enhancements
Synchronize recorded/played back tracks automatically 71 Playback Enhancements
BPM and beat timecode automatic detection and beat matching 66 Effects
Allow direct MIDI editing/playback and incorporate MIDI sequencer 60 MIDI Done.png Playback. It's in 2.2.0. ToDo.png Sequencer.
Support lyrics and album art in metadata tags 59 Imports and Exports
Choose which of multiple channels to record 52 Recording Enhancements
Too utilitarian/outdated/generic in appearance/hard to customise 51 Interface Modifications Done.png Themes and Custom Theming available in 2.2.0. More ongoing work on appearance at Dark Audacity.
Bind particular parameters of effects to buttons or keyboard shortcuts 51 Interface Modifications
Sound Activated Recording pre- and post-roll: 51 Recording Enhancements
Effects Categorisation 49 Effects
Include Audacity's own virtual driver to record stereo mix 46 Recording Enhancements
Assign different colors to individual tracks, clips or regions 46 Interface Modifications Done.png It's in Audacity 2.2.1 release. Originally written for Dark Audacity.
Better ability to update 45 Recording Enhancements
Import/play video for synchronized soundtrack editing 46 Imports and Exports
Global shortcuts that operate Audacity if it does not have focus 44 Interface Modifications
Panning envelope editing 42 Editing Enhancements
Timestamp metadata 42 Imports and Exports
Export to directory from which original .aup or audio file loaded 41 Imports and Exports
Import Appended 39 Imports and Exports
Record from multiple sound devices at once 39 Recording Enhancements
Repair: vastly increased length of track to be worked on/works when zoomed out 37 Effects
Dynamically adjust loop playback when selection boundaries move 36 Playback Enhancements
Markers on Waveform 36 Interface Modifications
Let the Timeline display time signature and bars/beats 37 Interface Modifications
Control Audacity from command line 33 Automation Done.png Was part of the Automation Project, for Audacity 2.3.0.
Disable "Save Changes?" on exit - Simple option, even if the file has been edited. 32 Interface Modifications
User-customised waveform colors for RMS and background to improve contrast 31 Interface Modifications Done.png Can be achieved using the custom theming feature. An easier UI for this is also planned too.
One-step way to avoid clipping on multiple tracks 30 Interface Modifications
Timer Record Multi-event scheduler 30 Recording Enhancements
Smaller-sized and/or more unified project storage 29 Improved Resource or Project Management
Selection Toolbar: Microseconds [µs] 26 Imports and Exports
Control Audacity by a foot pedal 25 Automation
Make Scripting (mod-script-pipe) available after enabling it in Preferences 26 Automation
Reinstate 78 RPM EQ curves from Audacity 1.2 25 Effects
Grid lines: Horizontal- and also in spectrogram view 25 Interface Modifications
Non-destructive (non-linear) editing 22 Editing Enhancements
CD Rip and Burn 22 Unclassified Feature Requests
More Context Menu (right-click or CTRL-click) functionality 22 Interface Modifications
Provide way to automatically add extension when file name contains a dot 22 Imports and Exports
Preference for monitoring on by default 22 Interface Modifications
Sound Activated Recording: segment each recording event: 21 Recording Enhancements
Normalization Replay Gain (RMS) 20 Effects
Store metadata for each imported file 20 Other Import/Exports


This page is a collection of Tutorials giving step-by-step guidance on performing various tasks using Audacity. These complement our official Tutorials in the Manual.
  • Most tutorials are now in the Audacity Manual - there are a few residual ones that remain here in the Wiki.
  • Also see our list of Tips to enhance your day-to-day experience of Audacity.

Audacity Manual Tutorials

Peter 2Oct14: I have enhanced this section with links to all the current tutorials in the Manual. As in the Manual I have roll-over hover-texts.

See our Tutorials in the Manual for step-by-step instructions for performing the most common tasks in Audacity.

Peter 17Apr18: After 2,3,0 is released add:

Audacity Wiki Tutorials

Most tutorials are now in the Audacity Manual - these few residual ones remain in the Wiki.


Our Tips pages comprise tips on particular aspects of working with Audacity and your hardware. Following these will greatly enhance your day-to-day experience of using Audacity.

Complete alphabetical list of Tips pages (autogenerated)



This category is for pages about troubleshooting problems with Audacity.
An important page is that about troubleshooting recording problems.

Work in Progress

The Work in Progress pages are used by subscribers to audacity-devel mailing list. All these pages, and this category page itself, should only be modified by subscribers to that list. All pages in this category have a prominent header noting this.



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Adding Categories to Pages

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