Format Menu

The Format menu lists commands for turning on and off various features and settings (eg. rulers, control points) and for inserting and deleting measures.

The Grid On/Off menu item is used to turn on or off the alignment grid to which most images are adjusted. Normally the Grid is left on, and images are locked to the closest grid point when they are entered or when they are moved or adjusted. The size of the grid is proportional to the size of the staff that is associated with the image. If you need to make very fine adjustments to an image, you can temporarily turn the grid off. The same menu item is used to turn the Grid back on.

- Although you get more precision when the grid is off, it is more difficult to align images to the same horizontal or vertical location.

The Clear Tuplet Button menu item (which can also be invoked by typing Command-e or by clicking on Clear Tuplets o n the on-screen keyboard) is used to remove the check mark from any of the Tuplet buttons that is highlighted on the Score Controls. This menu item is an alternative to manually removing the check mark by clicking on it.

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Once the tuplet are cleared, the tuplet indication in the Entry Cursor is also removed.

The Show/Hide Ruler menu item is used to display or remove horizontal and vertical rulers on the page. The rulers appear along the left side and top of the page. The measurement units (i.e. inches, centimeters, picas or points) that appear in the ruler are taken from the measurement units set in the Preferences panel. Currently measurements can be in inches, centimeters, points, or picas.

When entering new images the mouse positions are tracked on the rulers while the mouse button is depressed (and while the image is dragged into position.)

The Show/Hide All Buttons menu item is used to display or hide all the Score Layout buttons which are used to manually adjust page margins, system and staff positions and beat and barline positions.

Score Layout buttons shown -- Score Layout buttons hidden

When the page control buttons are hidden, they are still moved when automatic reformatting is done, but cannot be moved manually.

The Show/Hide Control Points menu item is used to display or remove the Control Points on all images. Since the Control Points are used to move and adjust images, you can turn them on if you are having difficulty adjusting an image, or while you are becoming familiar with NoteAbility. Control Points are not printed even when they are shown on screen.

Control Points hidden -- Control Points shown

The Refesh Page menu item is used to redraw the entire page. This command can be used in any situation where the page is not redrawn or updated properly. This command is also available in the Panic panel.

The Align Vertical menu item is used to adjust selected images so they are all aligned vertically. The horizontal position (x location) of the first image in the selection is used to set the horizontal positons of all other images in the selection. This command can also be invoked by clicking on the Align Vertical button on the Toolbar.

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The Align Horizontal menu item is used to adjust selected images so they are all aligned horizontally. The vertical position (y location) of the first image in the selection is used to set the vertical positons of all other images in the selection. This command can also be invoked by clicking on the Align Horizontal button on the Toolbar.

- In both the Align Vertical and Align Horizontal operations, you can use Shift-Selection to select the first image followed by the other images you want aligned to the first image.

The Insert Blank Measure menu item is used to insert a new blank measure after the measure that the Entry Cursor is in. The new measure will be created with the same time signature as the previous measure is added to the same system. The entire music structure (including measure numbers) is modified to reflect the change.

The Insert Blank System Before and the Insert Blank System After menu items are used to add a new blank system either before or after the current system. The new system will have the number of measures setup when the document was first created.

The Insert Blank Page... the menu item displays a panel which allows you to set the number of systems and measures in the new page and to indicate whether you want it placed after or before the current page.

The Delete This Measure menu item is used to remove the measure that the Entry Cursor is on from the music structure and to delete all images in that measure. It is not possible to delete measures from systems that only have 1 measure, so you must first shift measures from other measures to this system before deleting the measure.

The Delete This Page menu item is used to remove the the current page and all the music on that page from your score. The music structure of all subsequent measures are adjusted accordingly. This operation is not undoable, so it should be used with care.

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