Measure / Page Numbers Pane
  1. If the Score Structure panel is not already visible on your screen, choose Score Structure Panel... from the Tools menu to make it visible.
  2. If the Measure / Page Numbers pane (which contains the tabs: Meas. Num., Location, and Page Num.) is not visible in the Score Structure Panel, select Measure / Page Numbers from the Available Panes pull-down menu at the top of the Score Structure Panel.
  3. Choose between the three tabs in the Measure / Page Numbers pane to view controls for Meas. Num., Location, and Page Num..

Measure Number Tab

To change the way that measure numbers appear in your score:

  1. Set the frequency that the measure numbers will appear - choose either never, at the beginning of each system, or every fixed number of measures (usually 5 or 10).
  2. Set the style of the the measure numbers by clicking on one of the three buttons - choose either plain, in a circle or in a rectangle.
  3. If desired, you may also change the font by clicking on the Set Font button, and selecting and setting a new font in the Font Panel.
  4. Click on the Set Measure Numbers button.

The display on the right side of this view shows the appearance of the measure number as the style or font is changed. The exact position of measure numbers relative to the staff, and which staves the measure numbers are drawn above or below is set in the location tab view of this pane. These two tab views work together to allow great flexibility in the positioning of measure numbers.

If you want a measure number to be displayed on the first measure of your score, check the Show First Measure box. (Normally, no measure number is displayed in measure 1.)

There are also buttons to exclude or include a measure in the measure number count, and a button to set the measure number of a particular measure. In each case, the Entry Cursor is placed in the measure you want to operate on. Excluding measures can be used if you have a pickup measure or if have created an unmeasured section in your score.

In the example below, a one beat pick up measure was created (using the Change Spine Only setting in the Time Signature pane). The Entry Cursor was placed in the first measure and the Exclude This Measure button was clicked followed by the Set Measure Numbers button.

Setting the number of a measure with the Set This Measure To: button is most often used when you are breaking a large score into multiple documents. In this case, you will want to set the first measure number of the new document to follow the last measure number of the previous document. Both the actual measure number in the document and the measure number appearing in the score are displayed in the Score Controls at the top of the score window.

- You should click on the Set Measure Numbers button after you have clicked on the Exclude This Measure, Include This Measure or Set This Measure To: buttons so that the measure numbers are rebuilt to reflect the changes.

- The default font used for measure numbers can be saved as a preference in the Preferences panel.

- It is not possible to have different measure number fonts or measure number styles within the same document.

Location Tab

The Measure Numbers Location tab view is used to control the exact position of the measure numbers relative to the staves on the score.

This pane is used in conjunction with the Measure Number tab view to alter all aspects of the appearance of measure numbers.

Measure numbers can be set to appear at the barline or in the middle of the measure. The distance (in ledger lines) above or below the staff can be set with the Distance From Staff slider and the horizontal offset (also in ledger lines) can be set with the Horizontal Offset slider. The Location check boxes allow you to specify which staves measure numbers will appear above or below. The five check boxes can be used in combination, and specific staff IDs can be entered in the last two check boxes. Once all settings have been made, click on the Set Meas Number Location button.

The settings shown above will result in the following measure numbers being created in the score.

In the next example, measure numbers are set to appear above the system, and above staff ID 5. A smaller font is set (in the Measure Numbers pane), the Horizontal Offset is set to 2 and the Distance From Staff is set to 4.

The measure numbers will appear in the score as follows:

If you want to use timing (minutes and seconds) in your score instead of measure numbers, choose the radio button indicating 1'05" instead of 65. When this radio button is set, measure numbers are displayed as if they were minutes and seconds - measure 65 appears as 1'05', measure 300 appears as 5'00" and so on. When using this timings in your score, the assumption is that each measure is 1 second long (1/4 at mm=60 or 2/4 at mm=120). If this is not the case, you will have to explicitly set the measure numbers for each measure. Since timing scores usually start at 0 rather than 1, you will probably want to set the first measure number to 0. In the example below, a score has been set up with 1/4 meter with 15 measures on each system and no barlines, the first measure has been set to 0 and timing measure numbers have been choosen. As well, the first beat inset has been altered to 0 using the Format pane of the Preferences panel and small ticks have been added every 5 measures by placing the Entry Cursor in the desired measure and selecting the Tick Barlines On/Off from the Modify / Barlines menu. The result is:

Notes (graphic or regular) can be freely placed on this score to create a graphic score with timing indications:

Page Numbers Tab

The Page Numbers pane is used to set the position and font of page numbers in your score.

To change the page numbers on your document:

  1. Set the location of the page numbers by choosing one of the Page Location options.
  2. If you have selected either Bottom Corners or Top Corners as the location, then choose which corners they should appear on: right always, left always, even numbers on the left and odd on the right, or odd numbers on the left and even on the right.
  3. Set the distance that the page numbers are inset from the left or right margins and from the top or bottom margins by editing the appropriate text fields.
  4. You can change the font or font size by clicking on the Change Font button and selecting the new font in the Font Panel.
  5. You can also set the page number of the first page to be something other than 1 by entering a new number in the Number On First Page text field.
  6. Click on the Set Page Numbers button once all the above choices have been made.

You also have the option of hiding or un-hiding the page number on the current page by selecting on the Hide This Page Number or the Show This Page Number items in the small pull-down menu located in the top-right corner of this pane. These options are necessary if you want to omit the page number on the first page of your score. These operations can also be performed by using the Show/Hide Page Numbers item in the Modify / Page menu.

- An example of when you may want to alter the number of the first page is when you are breaking a large score into multiple documents. In this case, you should set the first page number of the second document so that it follows the last page number of the first document.

Menu items

The pull down menu located at the top-right corner of this pane contains items relating to measure and page numbers.

See also

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