Modify/ Notes Menu

The Modify/Notes menu lists commands for altering the attributes and appearance of notes.

The Flip Stems menu item is used to flip the stem direction of selected notes without changing the voice that the notes belong to. An entire beam groups is flipped by selecting the first note of the group. Chords are flipped by selecting any note in the chord.

- Under some formatting and editing operations stems will be flipped back to their default positions.

The Slur Notes menu item is used to slur selected notes together. If a series of selection rectangles has been made, then each group of notes in each rectangle are slurred together. If you need to create a slur from one system to another, use the Score Select tool to define the starting and ending points of the selection. You can also create slurs by clicking on the Slur Notes button in the Score Controls The examples below demonstrate how the Slur Notes command works -- the selection is shown, followed by the results of the Slur Notes command.

Single Selection:

Multiple Selection (using Shift-Select):

Selection Scross System (using Select Score tool):


The Tie Notes menu item is used to tie selected notes together. Only notes belonging to the same voice and that are the same pitch can be tied together. Ties can extend between systems and across pages. Chords can be also be tied with this command.

The Tie Each Group menu item is used to tie each shift-selected group of notes together. Only notes belonging to the same voice and that are the same pitch can be tied together. (In the example below each pair of chords was shift-selected.)

The Untie Notes menu item is used to remove ties from selected notes. The durations of the individual notes are not altered.

The Flip Tie Direction menu item is used to flip the direction of ties that begin on selected notes.

The Swallow Tie menu item is used to reduce selected tied notes into a single note with duration equal to the tied group. If there is no single duration that can be represented by the tied group, a close approximation is used.

The Merge Notes menu item is used to reduce selected repeated notes (or rests) into a single note (or rest) with duration equal to the repeated group. If there is no single duration that can be represented by the group, a close approximation is used.

The Hide/Show Ledgers menu item hides the ledger lines of selected notes or shows the ledger lines on notes whose ledger lines have previously been hidden. The staff assocation of the selected notes is not altered by this command.

The Hide/Show Stems menu item hides the stems of selected notes or shows the stem lines of notes whose stems have previously been hidden.

The Build Chord menu item forms a chord from the selected notes and places them at the beat position of the first image in the selection.

The Build Grace Chord menu item forms a chord from the selected grace notes (or graphic notes) and places them at the beat position of the first image in the selection. Since grace notes and graphic notes have arbitrary beat positions when entered, this is the only way to create chords of these images.

The Add Grace Slash menu item adds a grace slash to all selected notes or to the beam if the notes are beamed. Any note (whether or not it is a grace note) can have a grace slash.

The Remove Grace Slash removes grace slashes from selected notes.

The Convert To Graphic Notes menu item converts selected notes and rests into graphic notes and rest. Since graphic notes and rests can be freely moved around the document, this operation is useful when you want to enter notes and rests with fixed rhythmic values, then modify them as if they were graphic notes. In the example below, notes were entered as regular notes and converted to graphic notes so that they can be moved more easily.

The Convert To Regular Notes menu item converts selected graphic notes and rests into regular notes and rest. Once converted to regular notes and rests, these images are fixed to the rhythmic spine and can only be adjusted slightly away from their spine positions.

The Notes -> Rests menu item converts selected notes into rests with the same duration values. In the example, the third, fifth and eighth notes were selected and converted into rests.

The Rests -> Notes menu item converts selected rests into notes with the same duration values. The note will appear on the middle line of the staff and can then be adjusted to the desired pitch.

The Reset Slur Positions menu item removes any position offsets that have been made to selected slurs and resets the slur to its default position. In the example below, the control points of the slur were manually adjusted. The slur was selected and this menu item was used to reset the slur positions.

The Flip Slur Direction menu item changes slurs so that they are drawn on the opposite side of their notes - if they were drawn above the notes, they will be drawn below and vice versa. In the example below, the direction of both slurs was flipped.

The Halve Note Values and Double Note Values menu items modify the values of selected notes so that they are either half or double their original durations. The positions of the notes in the measures (i.e their beat location) is not altered. These menu items can be used in conjunction with the Double Time Signature and Halve Time Signature menu items located in the pull-down menu of the Time Signatures pane to convert complete scores to half or double rhythmic values (eg. a score in 4/4 can be rebuilt in 4/8)

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