To import an audio file, go to File>Import>Audio, or click and drag the music file into the Audacity window.
Type of files you can import to Audacity include MP3, WAV, and AIFF. There is an optional download on the Audacity site that supports additional file types, but typically these 3 are the most common.
PAUSE: stops the recording temporarily but remember that just because the recording has stopped doesn't mean it is saved! If you want to continue recording from where you stopped, just click the pause button again.
RECORD: starts recording audio from the program. The track will be begin wherever the cursor is!
STOP: stops the audio recording and must be done before saving or adding any effects.
Preferences: Go to Edit>Preferences to make sure your recording and playback devices are set.
Selecting: click and drag the mouse over the audio you want to select -- this will highlight the audio to work with
Cutting: after selecting, chose "Cut" from the Edit menu and this will delete the selected audio
Pasting: click the area of track where you want to add audio and go to Edit>Paste
Trimming the beginning: Click the track just before where you want the audio to start. Go to Edit>Select>Track Start to Cursor and this will highlight the beginning of the track. Press Delete on the keyboard to remove.
Trimming the end: With teh selection tool, click just after where you want the track to end. Go to Edit>Select>Cursor to Track End, and this will highligh from the cursor to the end of the track. Press delete on the keyboard to remove.
To export your project, go to File>Export Audio, which will open a window asking you what you want to export the file as. Your options include WAV, AIFF, or MP3.
Podcasts always sound better with an intro, outro, and sometimes backgraound and transitional music, but you want to make sure that you're using music legally. There are a few sites tha tlet you download royalty-free music and sounds for free or with attribution (citations). Here are a few: