Measures & Systems on Page 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 Measures & Systems On Page pane (which contains the tabs: Measure In System and Systems On Page) is not visible in the Score Structure Panel, select Measure In System from the Available Panes pull-down menu at the top of the Score Structure Panel.
  3. Choose between the two tabs in the Measures & Systems On Page pane to view controls for Measure In System or Systems On Page.

Measure In System Tab

The Measures In System pane is used to alter the number of measures that appear in each system of your score.

To change the number of measures in a system:

  1. Place the Entry Cursor in the system that you want altered.
  2. Set the new number of measures either with the slider or by typing a new number in the Meas. In System field.
  3. Select whether the changes are for This System Only (the system that the Entry Cursor is currently on) for This Page Only, or for All Subsequent Systems (including the system that the Entry Cursor is on).
  4. Click the Change Meas. In System button.

Measures are wrapped forward or backward from system to system as needed, and extra pages are added if required. Formatting (i.e. adjusting the beat positions and the horizontal layout of the music) will take place automatically on any systems which have been altered.

To move only one measure to the next or to the previous system you can use the Last Measure To Next or First Measure To Prev. buttons. Again, the current system is defined as the system in which the Entry Cursor appears.

- Changes to measures in the system will not take place on systems have have been locked with the System Lock button located to the left of the top staff of the system. Only systems up to the locked system will be altered.

- When measures are wrapped from one system to another some images (i.e. graphical slurs, lines, etc.) may be truncated at the end of the system. Check these images and modify them if needed. The example below shows a graphical slur and a crescendo that are truncated when the last measure is transferred to the next system.

Here, a new graphical slur and crescendo must be added at the beginning of the next measure. To avoid having to re-enter images, it is a good idea to perform all of your system and measure formatting before you adding graphical slurs, lines, trills and other graphics.

As a short cut, you can increase or decrease the number of measures in a system by clicking on one of the small blue arrows located to the right of the first staff of each system. These buttons either increase (+) or decrease (-) the number of measures on the system by wrapping systems to or from subsequent systems.

Systems On Page Tab

The Systems On Page pane is used to alter the number of system drawn on each page.

To change the number of systems on the page, set the new number of systems by typing the number into the text field or moving the slider. Set whether you want the number of systems changed only on the current page or on the current page and all subsequent pages. If you want all the staves on the page adjusted so they are equidistant after the number of systems have been changed, check the Centre All Staves check box. Once you have set all of the above, click on the Change No. Of Systems button. Systems will be wrapped from page to page as needed, and new pages will be added at the end of the document if required.

If you simply want to shift the last system on page to the next page or the first system on the page to the previous page, use the Last System To Next or First System To Previous buttons.

- Changing the number of systems on the page can be done either before or after your music has been added to the score, but like most formatting operations, it is easier and faster to perform after you have entered the basic musical information (eg. notes and rests), but before you have completed all the final details of your score.

Menu items

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

The Rebuild Spind On System menu item can be used to reset the rhythmic spine to its default spacing. This can be useful if the Rhythmic Spine has become distorted by a poorly formed image or a system with too much music on it.

System dividers are sometimes used in orchestral and large ensemble scores to separate systems clearly:

See also

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