help! Can't delete measure(s)

• Jun 13, 2020 - 03:30

i don't know what happened but i can't delete a measure or contiguous measures using select and CTR=DEL; sometimes a small + appeared on top of the emasure. Very fustrating. any suggestions.


In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

i have not heard from you or anyone after this after posting it. i am hesitant to try this.

what happens after i go to factory settings? Does that just restart the musesccore program/ does it eliminate the problem? this is important so please explicate fully.

is there a reason for it not working or some other way to resolve this?

Does it work to use the menu instead of the shortcut?

Select the measure, then use Tools → Remove Selected Range
If that works, then you may have an issue with your shortcuts. Note that the menu entry shows the currently configured shortcut on the right side of the entry.

In reply to by Philip Ellis Foster

I had the same problem a few days ago. And I experienced this in new night / beta versions.
Moreover, the area I wanted to delete was the normal measures, following the measures split in half.

I selected the measures I wanted to delete and several times applied Ctrl + Del but failed. I applied the "Remove selected area" command from the menu, it didn't. (and delete options in the right-click menu was gray / non-clickable).

As a last resort: I combined the splitted measures. And only this way I managed to delete the next measures.
I think this is a bug related to splitted measures. (Or more accurately: it is related to measures that are outside the normal time signature setting (with excessive or missing strokes)).

After correcting the document, I wanted to write an error report. But I couldn't find under what conditions this problem occurred (now that I have little time to devote to this problem).

In reply to by Ziya Mete Demircan

thanks very much. i'm glad its not me that screwed up. i guess i have the same problem because of the measure with the plus sign. i think someone said above that it appeared because i didn't have the right number of notes in the measure. i posted the score at where you can see at measure 52 what i have been talking about.

So maybe someone can tell me how to do what you did so that i can get rid of the unwanted measures and continue to work on my piece.

Many thanks.

For what it's worth, I also encountered this situation in one score. I could insert or append measures, but I could not delete them via ctrl-del or the menu option. I could get rid of the added measures via undo, however. Saving, exiting, and re-editing removed the problem, and everything went back to normal. There is presumably some anomalous data condition that can occur during editing, but it fortunately is cleared by restarting the program, i.e. it is not a property of a broken score. If I am ever able to produce a repeatable case I will submit a ticket about it.

In reply to by spinality

I experienced the problem as well on v. 3.6 (OSX Sierra). Could not delete any measure with Cmd+Del trying the above suggestions. I saved the file, closed and then reopened and was then able to delete the measures.

Could not reproduce but if I do I will update on what conditions caused it. I was working on an imported xml file from Sibelius and noticed I couldn't delete after several text edits & barline stretches were done (didn't import the grand staff).

In reply to by zemlinsky1

We get just enough of these reports that I have no trouble believing there is indeed a bug where this command disables itself somehow. We fixed such a bug a year or so ago - in that case, it would disable for the rest of the session, , I think, if you tried using the right-click (aka "context" - Ctrl+click for systems with no right button) menu for this. Since that fix then I haven't been able to reproduce any further problems. But having worked on that part of the code a little, again, I have no trouble believe there might be some other sequence of actions that can cause this, and we'd love to find out what it is!

Most of the people who have reported this are on macOS, and I have only WIndows and Linux systems, which may explain why I haven't been able to reproduce it. It could somehow be a macOS-only issue.

In reply to by Philip Ellis Foster

FWIW, no one has ever doubted this problem exists. However, when you reported you saw a minus sign above a measure, that's a sure sign you hadn't selected the full measure, but instead probably only clicked a single note or rest. In that case, Ctrl+Delete will remove just the beat(s) represented by that note. This is a pretty common mistake., so something to keep in mind also.

In reply to by spinality

Definitely a different cause when it comes to specifics since the origin problem affected all systems and was always reproducible following the same steps. It had to do with a conflict between two different versions of the same command - one coming from the context (right-click) menu, the other in the Tools menu. That specific conflict was fixed, but I can believe that another still exists but is dependent on some very specific order of operations that causes the command to become disabled. I can't provide it would only be possible on macOS, but the handful of reports of this have all been on macOS which makes only a small of all users, so I have to believe it's not coincidence.

In reply to by Pedro Abreu 2

FWIW, it has also happened again to me once under Windows 10, using current versions of MS and Windows. Unfortunately I have no additional clues. I had been copying and pasting different voices, and transposing voices, and had been working through various bits and pieces on the clipboard. As with Pedro, the problem was resolved by restarting MuseScore.

Well folks, I believe I have found the solution. A bug for sure. The issue is with Timelime. When it is showing (F12), the system glitches and shuts down when I try to remove measures. When Musescore glitches and shuts down, the configuration I was using on Timeline also resets.

Inversely, when I turn off Timeline (F12), I am capable of removing measures from the score without any issues. Yay! I hope this helps anyone else looking for a solution.

OS: Windows 10 (10.0), Arch.: x86_64,
MuseScore version (64-bit):,
revision: 3224f34

I happen to have the same problem when I imported a midi file with two instruments, delete one instrument and try to delete measures using Ctrl+Del. It doesn't work.
However, when i delete the measures before deleting instruments, Ctrl+Del worked fine.

(using musescore ver.3.6.2)

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