Entering Lyrics
  1. Select the Lyrics tool from the NoteAbility Tool Palette.
  2. Position the Entry Cursor on the first note to receive a lyric.
  3. Type the syllable or word to be centered under the note and press the Return key.
  4. The word appears below the note and the Entry Cursor will then move to the next note in the current voice.

NoteAbility lyrics are entered by selecting the Lyric tool, and positioning the Entry Cursor on the first note to receive a lyric. Type the syllable or word to be centered under the note and press the return key. The word appears and the Entry Cursor will then move to the next note. To move without entering a lyric, press the Tab key. To place a dash between syllables, enter the syllable followed by a dash (e.g. ev-), press the Return key and enter the next syllable (e.g. er). The two syllables will be joined by a dash. To append an extended underscore to a syllable or word type the syllable followed by an underscore (e.g. er_). Additional underscores can be used to extend across several notes. In the following example, the Lyric tool was selected, the Entry Cursor placed at the beginning of the measure, and the following sequence typed:

You<Return>can<Return>en-<Return>ter<Return>ly-<Return>rics_<Return>quick-<Return>ly<Return>

- the Current Command box must not be highlighted when entering lyrics. However, you may need to click in the Current Command box in order to enter an unusual character (such as a character with an accent or a special symbol transferred from the Font panel). You must un-select the Current Command box by clicking on the score before typing on the Return key to enter the lyric text.

The vertical position of the lyrics can be adjusted by the Lyric Position button located at the right of the line of lyrics. This button sets the base line of the first line of lyrics. If the Lyric Position button is not visible, it can be made visible by checking the Lyric Button check box in the Preferences panel. The current verse and spacing between verses (leading) can be set from the Lyric Pane (found in the Music Images panel).

The Lyric pane of the Music Images panel can also be used to change the font used for lyrics and to link lyrics with dashes and underscores.

Lyrics can be set to different fonts and sizes by selecting a new font from the Lyric pane. Also, the colour of lyrics can be changed by setting the Text colour well in the Graphics pane in the Music Images panel before entering the lyric.

In some languages, small slurs are required between syllables within a single lyric. To do this, enter an Option-Spacebar character where you would like the slur to appear. For example if you enter the lyric text: Gią(Option-spacebar)il , it will appear as.

- When first entered, dashes may not be properly centered since they do not yet know where the following syllable will be located. However, when the measure is redrawn, the dashes will be properly centered between syllables.

- To extend an underscore across several syllables, type an underscore lyric under each successive note in the sequence.

- If you want to avoid collisions between lyrics during system formatting, check the Avoid Collisions Between Lyrics checkbox in the Preferences panel.

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