The File menu (
F3) contains commands for managing files:
- New - Starts a new, empty project using the last selected drum kit template as a start point. You will be prompted to save any changes made
to the current project.
- New from template - Contains a submenu with a selection of different templates - Genre, Minimal, Other and Utility. To change the default template when
FL Studio opens -
- 1. Select File > New from template >, etc. - where, etc. is the template you want to use.
- 2. Close FL Studio - without making any changes to the project.
- 3. Open FL Studio - The template you selected will now be the default on opening.
Template projects are saved in the FL Studio installation folder: ..\Program Files\Image-Line\FL Studio\Data\Projects\Templates. You can save a customized project there and
perform the above steps to set it as your default project. NOTE: You need to close and re-open FL Studio before the custom project will show in the list.
Video tutorial on managing templates
- Open ( Ctrl+O) - Opens an
existing project. The Open File dialog is enhanced with a Favorites section.
- Save ( Ctrl+S) - Updates the project by overwriting the last saved copy
on disk. If the current project has not been saved a name dialog will open prior to saving. For a list of available save formats, see the File Formats page.
- Save as ( Shift+Ctrl+S) - Saves
the current as a different name and/or format. For a list of available save formats, see the File Formats page. The Save File
dialog is enhanced with a Favorites section.
- Save new version ( Ctrl+N)- Saves
the current project as a file with a unique name. For example, if you have a project called MyProj, this command saves a file named
MyProj_2. Next time it will be called MyProj_3, etc. This feature is useful for saving versions of the project without overwriting the
- Import - Loads files that are not FL Studio native projects. For a complete list of file types you can import, see the
Open/Import File Formats page. The Import File dialog is enhanced with a Favorites
- Export - Converts the current project to various file formats. For a complete list of file types you can export to, see the
File Formats page.
- Zipped loop package - This saves both the .flp (project data) and samples associated with the project in a standard ZIP file format. This is a great way to archive your
important projects so that you don't lose the sounds associated with it.
- Wave file ( Ctrl+R) - The Wave format is a widely used
uncompressed audio format used in distributing production quality audio. If you plan to burn a standard Audio CD then you will need to export 44.1 kHz 16-Bit Wave (.wav) files. NOTE: FL Studio does not burn CDs.
- mp3 file ( Shift+Ctrl+R) -
mp3 (Mpeg Audio Layer 3) is a compressed audio format useful for sharing music
over the internet and compatible mp3 players. While .mp3 audio quality can be excellent (@ rates of 224 kbps and above) it is not recommended for archiving production quality audio.
- ogg file - ( Shift+Ctrl+R) -
ogg (Ogg Vorbis) is an open-source compressed audio format useful for sharing music
over the internet and compatible Ogg players. While Ogg audio quality can be excellent (@ rates of 224 kbps and above) it is not recommended for archiving production quality audio.
- MIDI file ( Shift+Ctrl+M) -
MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) format saves musical note (score) and control
data associated with projects. NOTE: MIDI does not contain nor save audio. Your PC may make sound when you run a MIDI file as many soundcards can interpret and play MIDI data.
- Project bones - Use this command as a shortcut to export all generator/effects settings as presets (*.fst files) and score/automation data as score files
(*.fsc files) used in the current project. This is useful for merging components from one project into another. Also, a *.nfo file will be created in the folder you selected
to store the preset/score data, that is used by the Browser.
- Project data files - Saves copies of all samples, TS404 shapes and SimSynth/DrumSynth presets and other plugin data used in the current
project into a single folder of your choice.
- Recent projects ( Alt+ 1 to 0 (10)) -
Appears as a list of the 10 most recently opened projects at the bottom of the File menu, with the most recent one at the top.
- Revert to last autosave - Loads the last Autosave (see Backup Settings).
- Exit - Closes FL Studio, prompting you to save any changes to your current project.