Faster way to make Measures invisible

• Feb 6, 2020 - 17:46

I feel like the process of going through the measure properties of each measure i want to make invisible is just too fiddly.
If you could just select the measures you want to make invisible and press a Shortcut would speed up my Workflow sooooo much.

Thank you


Currently, the V keyboard shortcut toggles the visibility of the elements in the selected measure rather than the visibility of the measure itself. This is not what I would have expected.

I think a proper approach to solving this would involve allowing the properties of the selected measure(s) to be viewed and edited directly in the Inspector. But I suspect that this is much easier said than done.

Can you explain your actual goal here? Like, by attaching a sample score and explaining what the invisible measure are supposed to represent. Making individual measures invisible should almost never be necessary given the existence of Hide empty staves in Format / Style / Score, and the Cutaway option in Staff Properties. Also the existence of horizontal frames.

In reply to by Sütő Márton

The score you attached a link to is private so we can't see it. But much simpler to just attach it here.

As it is, though, probably more important would be to see a picture of what you want it to look like - I am not understanding from your description, and it seems you are saying the score you tried uploading doesn't get it right either.

I can guess maybe you mean something like this:

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That's three staves, one set to cutaway, and also using hide empty staves. No need to make any measures invisible one by one.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Hi. I have a similar problem but I think it's a little different. I'm working on a big-band chart. For a count in (1 - 2 - 1-2-3-4) I created a separate wood- block staff. I inserted two measures at the beginning of the chart and the only thing that occurs in those two measures is the wood-block count. I can make the wood-block staff invisible, but those first two measures still appear in all the other instrument staves. Is it possible to hide just those two measures for all instruments? I don't think cutaway will do this. Thanks.

In reply to by gbluhm

I guess the playback count in is so the individual players can practice their parts? Frankly, it it would be easiest to just make a second copy of the score with the two measure present normally and use that for the practice, but print from a copy without them. Or, I supposed, put them on a separate page before the title frame, and simply ignore that page when printing. or add the counting separately in an audio editor.

Eventually I expect MuseScore will add back the native count-in feature, and hopefully make it customizable as well.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Marc thanks for the quick response. Yes, the count is so players can practice. But we're also going to record a CD, by sections. (We tried recording the whole band together but the results, which are ok, are not good enough for a CD.). So whichever section is recording is going to have to hear the count. Yes, I will make a second copy - that's what I was planning to do but I thought I'd ask if there were a simpler way. Thanks again!

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Thank you. It's public now. I would like to have a (empty) measure while playback, at the beginning of each line but not showing in the score. To make measure1 of line2 invisible. So when practicing with the video, students have a count'in measure for each line. Just wondered if this is possible.

In reply to by Sütő Márton

I'm not sure what you mean by align - are you saying you have two lines meant to be played at the same time? In that case, you shouldn't have one staff but instead two. Then they would be aligned automatically. If they aren't meant to be played at the same time, aligning would be non-standard and usually counterproductive.

In reply to by Sütő Márton

OK, I'm not sure I understand why, but you could add a horizontal frame in that case, to get the first visible notes to align. Things still won't align after that, nor should they, because the rhythms are different. But if you want to force that, you could add invisible eighths notes in voice 2 to all measures to force direct proportional spacing rather than standard "logarithmic" spacing.

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