MENU BAR

File Menu

The File menu ( F3) contains commands for managing files:

Commands

  • New - Starts a new, empty project using the last selected 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 your User data folder\FL Studio\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 here.

  • 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 original file.
  • 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 section.
  • 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 audio devices 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, presets and other plugin data used in the current project into a single folder of your choice.

    Command line options - See here.

  • 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 backup - Loads the last backup (see Backup Settings).
  • Exit - Closes FL Studio, prompting you to save any changes to your current project.