Adjusting elements directly
This chapter explains methods to fine tune the literal positioning of elements on a score for layout purpose. The more common musical editing methods are explained in Entering and editing text, and Editing notes and rests chapters.
Changing the position of elements
To fine tune the literal positioning of elements on a score, either
- Drag it, see also Snap to grid chapter, or
- Select element(s) on a score, adjust their Offset property, see Properties panel chapter. or
Use Edit mode.
To enter Edit mode, either
- Right-click → Edit element on an element on a score, or
- Select an element on a score, use the keyboard shortcut F2, or
- Select an element on a score, use the keyboard shortcut Alt+Shift+E (Mac: ⌥+Shift+E)
Then, in Edit mode, press the keyboard arrows ← → ↑ ↓ to move the object in step of 0.5 sp, or
Edit it directly, this method does not work on notes, rests, and elements added from "Master palette : Symbols" (see Other symbols chapter). Select element(s) on a score, press the keyboard arrow keys ← → ↑ ↓ to move in small steps (0.1 sp). In combination with Ctrl (Mac: ⌘), they are moved in large steps (1 sp).
Read more about spatium (sp.) in Page layout concepts chapter.
Changing the shape of elements
- Click on the slur or tie to be adjusted
- Click and drag the adjustment handles that appear around the element (N.b. red letters in the below diagram are for reference only)
- Handles B, C, and D change the shape of the curve at that point
- Handles A end E adjust the element's length (This can also be achieved by pressing Shift+←/→ to move the ends one chord/rest at a time)
- Handle F repositions the whole line without changing its shape or length
If you wish to change the note to which a slur or tie is connected, the recommended method is to use the keyboard shortcuts described above (Shift+←/→). This is the most efficient way of changing both the visual and playback range of notes encompassed by a slur or tie.
Working with lines
See also the main chapter Other lines.
Changing the range of a line
To change the start and end points of a line:
- Select the line to reveal its adjustment handles
- Click either the start or end adjustment handle
- Press Shift+←/→ to move the handle one step at a time (a step = one note/rest, or one measure—depending on the line type). Note: You can use Tab to move the focus between handles when adjusting.
- Fine-tune the position of handles using the keyboard arrows ←/→ if required. Note that this does not affect the playback range of the line.
As with slurs and ties, it is recommended to use Shift when adjusting line length with the arrow keys to ensure that the playback range also adjusts accordingly.
Creating diagonal lines
Although lines are horizontal by default, they can be set at any angle simply by dragging the start or end adjustment handles; or by selecting a start/end handle and using the Up/Down keyboard arrows.
Editing text of Text line objects
To edit the displayed text of Text line objects ( such as "system text line", "staff text line", and "barré line", see Entering and editing text):
- Select a text line element
- Go to the Properties panel
- Open the Text tab in the Text line section
- Edit these fields
- Beginning text
- Text when continuing to a new system: the text to display if the object spans more than one system (page layout concept), see Page layout concepts chapter.