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Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcuts and Special Mouse Clicks

File menu

Command

Keyboard Shortcut or Mouse Click

New

CTRL +N

Open

CTRL+O

Close

CTRL+W

Save

CTRL+S

Print

+P

Quit

ALT+F4

 

Edit menu

Command

Keyboard Shortcut or Mouse Click

Undo

CTRL+Z

Redo

CTRL+Y

Cut

CTRL+X

Copy

CTRL+C

Paste Multiple

ALT+CTRL+V

Paste

CTRL+V

Select All

CTRL+A

 

View menu

Command

Keyboard Shortcut or Mouse Click

Redraw Screen

CTRL+D

View at 400%

CTRL+4

View At 200%

CTRL+2

View At 100%

CTRL+1

View At 75%

CTRL+7

View At 50%

CTRL+5

 

General Keyboard Shortcuts

Command

Keyboard Shortcut or Mouse Click

Select Yes or No dialog boxes

Type N for "No" and Y for "Yes"

Scroll up or down the Page

Page Up or Page Down

Next or Previous Page

CTRL+PAGE UP or CTRL+PAGE DOWN

 

Articulation tool

Command

Keyboard Shortcut or Mouse Click

Display the Articulation Selection dialog box

Click on, above, or below a note or rest that doesn’t have an articulation attached, or click on a note whose articulation handles are visible.

Select an articulation

Click, or SHIFT+click the handle.

Move an articulation

Drag the handle (CTRL+drag the handle to move.

Delete an articulation

Select the handle and press DELETE, or right-click the handle and select Delete from the contextual menu.

 

 Expression tool

Command

Keyboard Shortcut or Mouse Click

Display the Expression Selection dialog box

Double-click on, above, or below a measure or note

Display expression handles

Click the Expression tool

Select an expression handle

Click, or SHIFT+click to select multiple handles or press CTRL+A to select all available handles

Move selected expressions

Drag the selected handles

Delete selected expressions

Press DELETE, or right mouse the handle and select Delete from the contextual menu

 

Selection tool

Command

Keyboard Shortcut or Mouse Click

Select a measure or measures

Click a measure; drag-enclose a region

Extend a selection of measures vertically

Double-click a selected measure to include the entire vertical measure "stack" (that measure in all staves)

Extend a selection of measures horizontally to the end or beginning

While holding down SHIFT, press the LEFTARROW to extend the selection to the beginning. While holding down SHIFT, press the RIGHT ARROW to extend the selection to the end.

Select a staff or staves

Click to the left of a staff; SHIFT+click to the left of a staff to extend the selection

Move or Copy a selected section of music

Drag the region so it is superimposed on the beginning of an unselected region; CTRL+SHIFT+click the place where the selected music should be copied

Delete selected music

Press DELETE

Erase selected music

Press BACKSPACE

Cancel a Selection tool operation

Press ESCAPE

 

Repeat tool

Command

Keyboard Shortcut or Mouse Click

Display the Repeat Selection dialog box

Double-click a measure without a repeat or double-click a measure with a repeat

Delete a repeat barline

Click on the handle and press DELETE, or right-click the handle and select Delete from the contextual menu.

 

Simple Entry tool

Command

Keyboard Shortcut or Mouse Click

Whole Note

Press numpad 7 (or CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+7)

Half Note

Press numpad 6 (or CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+6)

Quarter Note

Press numpad 5 (or CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+5)

Eighth Note

Press numpad 4 (or CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+4)

Sixteenth Note

Press numpad 3 (or CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+3)

Whole Rest

CTRL+Numpad+7

Half Rest

CTRL+Numpad+6

Quarter Rest

CTRL+Numpad+5

Eighth Rest

CTRL+Numpad+4

Sixteenth Rest

CTRL+Numpad+3

Sharp

Hold down ALT and press =

Natural

Hold down ALT and press N

Flat

Hold down ALT and press - (minus)

Augmentation Dot

Hold down SHIFT and press . (period)

Erase an item (note, rest, accidental, etc.)

Press DELETE and click the item (DELETE also removes a selected note). Hold down ALT and press DELETE to select the Eraser tool without deleting the selected note.

The following keystrokes can be used to enter a note using the Simple Entry Caret. To activate the caret, click an empty measure with the Simple Entry tool selected, or CTRL+click a note and press the RIGHT ARROW key (the caret will appear to the right of the selected note).

Enter note at caret pitch

Press ENTER

Enter note A through G

Press the letter keys A-G

Enter rest

Press 0

After entering a note (with the caret, or by clicking), these are some of the keystrokes you can use to edit it. Note that if there is not a note selected (or the keystroke doesn't apply), the corresponding tool will be selected in the Simple palette.

Change Duration (whole note-32nd note)

Hold down ALT and then press a number key on the numpad (2-7)

Create Tuplet

Press 9 (or numpad 9)

Create user-defined Tuplet

Hold down CTRL and press 9 or numpad 9

Toggle between Note and Rest

Press R

Move up a step diatonically

ALT+UP ARROW

Move down a step diatonically

ALT+DOWN ARROW

Move up an octave diatonically

ALT+SHIFT+UP ARROW

Move down an octave diatonically

ALT+SHIFT+DOWN ARROW

Add a Natural

Press N

Add a Sharp

Press =

Add a Flat

Press -

Add a Double Flat

SHIFT+- (minus)

Add a Double Sharp

SHIFT+=

Add a Dot

Press . (period or numpad decimal point)

Tie to next note

Press T

Add note an interval of a _ above

Press 1-8

Add note an interval of a 9th above

Hold down CTRL and SHIFT and press 9

Add note an interval of a _ below

Hold down SHIFT and press 1-9

Add note

Hold down SHIFT and press A-G

Beam or join a Beam

Select the note then press /

Use default beam

Hold down SHIFT and press /

Flip the Stem

Select the note then press L

Use default stem

Hold down SHIFT and press L

Delete

Press DELETE or hold down SHIFT and press BACKSPACE

After you enter a note, it is selected automatically. You can select any note, or move selection between notes using the following keystrokes.

Select a note or rest

CTRL+click

Move left

Press the LEFTARROW key

Move right

Press the RIGHT ARROW key

Move selection up

Hold down CTRL and press the UP ARROW key

Move selection down

Hold down CTRL and press the DOWN ARROW key

Move selection one measure to the right

Hold down CTRL and press the RIGHT ARROW key

Move selection one measure to the left

Hold down CTRL and press the LEFTARROW key

Activate Simple Entry Caret

Press ENTER (when a note is selected)

Move caret up

Press the UP ARROW

Move caret down

Press the DOWN ARROW

Move caret up an octave

Hold down SHIFT and press the UP ARROW

Move caret down an octave

Hold down SHIFT and press the DOWN ARROW

Select all

Hold down CTRL and press A

Clear selection

BACKSPACE or ESCAPE

Use the following commands to create and edit tablature. Tablature notation (fret numbers) can be added to tablature staves added with the Setup Wizard.

TAB-Add Note on String 1-9

ALT 1-9

TAB-Add Note on String: At Caret Pitch

CTRL+ENTER

TAB-Add Note at Caret String

ENTER

TAB-Change Pitch: Increment Fret Number

= or Numpad +

TAB-Change Pitch: Decrement Fret Number

- or Numpad -

TAB-Change String: Down One

ALT+DOWN ARROW

TAB-Change String: Up One

ALT+UP ARROW

TAB-Change to Fret Number: 0-9 

CTRL+SHIFT 0-9 or ALT+Numpad 0-9 (type two numbers quickly for two digit numbers)

TAB-Duration: 32nd through Whole note

CTRL+ALT 2-7

TAB-Duration: Augmentation Dot

. (period) or Numpad . (decimal point)

TAB-Duration:Tuplet - Create Default

ALT+0 or CTRL+ALT 9 or CTRL+ALT+Numpad 9

TAB-Duration:Tuplet - Create User Defined

SHIFT+0

TAB-Enter Note on Fret 0-9 or A-K

Numpad 0-9 or A-K

TAB-Enter Note on Fret 10-19 or L-U

CTRL+numpad 0-9 or L-Q

TAB-Enter Rest

Tab or SHIFT+ENTER or ALT+ENTER

TAB-Modify: Delete

DELETE or SHIFT+BACKSPACE

TAB-Modify: Tie to Next Note

T or Numpad /

TAB-Modify: Tie to Previous Note

SHIFT+T or CTRL+Numpad /

TAB-Modify: Toggle Note/Rest

R or SHIFT+SPACEBAR

TAB-Navigation: Caret/Selection - Clear

BACKSPACE

TAB-Navigation: Move caret to string 1-9

1-9 (QWERTY keyboard)

TAB-Navigation: String Up

UP ARROW

TAB-Navigation: String Down

DOWN ARROW

TAB-tool: Augmentation Dot

CTRL+Numpad . (decimal) or SHIFT+. (period)

TAB-tool: Eraser

ALT+BACKSPACE or ALT+DELETE

TAB-tool: Note - 32nd through Whole

CTRL+ALT+SHIFT 2-7 or CTRL+ALT+Numpad 2-7

TAB-tool: Tie

CTRL+SHIFT+T or ALT+Numpad /

TAB-tool: Toggle Note/Rest

ALT+R

TAB-tool: Tuplet

numpad 9

Smart Shape tool

Command

Keyboard Shortcut or Mouse Click

Display handles on all smart shapes

Press ENTER

Restore default positioning to slur

Right-click a slur handle, then choose Remove Manual Slur Adjustments from the contextual menu.

Drag an endpoint handle

Change the slur’s ending or starting note

Drag a center curve handle

Change the slur’s arc height

SHIFT-drag a center curve handle

Change the slur’s arc height and angle

Drag an outer curve handle

Change the slur’s arc and inset asymmetrically

Control-drag an outer curve handle

Change the slur’s arc and inset symmetrically

Add a slur

S

Add a crescendo

<

Add a decrescendo

>

Add a glissando

G

Add a line

L

 

Text tool

Command

Keyboard Shortcut or Mouse Click

Left Justify text in a text block

CTRL+ [

Right Justify text in a text block

CTRL+ ]

Center Justify text in a text block

CTRL+ '

Bold

CTRL+SHIFT+ B

Italic

CTRL+SHIFT+ I

Underline

CTRL+SHIFT+ U

Display the Text menu

Click the Text tool

Display handles on text blocks

Click the Text tool

Select a text block or text blocks

Click a text block handle or drag-enclose text block handles, SHIFT+click a text block handle

Create an expanding text block

Double-click in the score

Create a fixed-size text block

Double-click and drag in the score

Edit the text block

Double-click a text block handle.

Delete the selected text blocks

Press DELETE for one or more selected text blocks, or right-+click the handle and select Delete from the contextual menu.

Adjust the text block’s position in the score

Drag a selected text block handle

 

Tuplet tool

Command

Keyboard Shortcut or Mouse Click

Display positioning handles

Click the first note of a tuplet

Position tuplet

Drag a positioning handle

Delete tuplet

Press DELETE for selected tuplet, or right-click the handle and select Delete from the contextual menu.

Display the Tuplet Definition dialog box

Double-click a positioning handle or the first note in a group that you want to define as tuplets, or right-click the handle and select Edit Tuplet Definition from the contextual menu.

 

Playback

Command

Keyboard Shortcut or Mouse Click

Begin playing from the current measure

SPACEBAR+click in staff

 

 

File menu

Edit menu

View menu

General

Articulation tool

Selection tool

Repeat tool

Simple Entry tool

Smart Shape tool

Text tool

Tuplet tool

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