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7.5 Nudge mode (Shift button)

By holding the Shift button down, the display switches to a special edit mode. Active con- trol points are shown as orange boxes.


7.5.1 Changing note pitches

• Click and drag the control point (center of notehead) up or down.

7.5.2 Moving notes and rests horizontally

• Each note contains two horizontal “anchors”; one above the staff and one below.

Click and drag either control point to nudge a note or rest horizontally.

• To move multiple symbols horizontally, use the “O” key to select the objects.

Drag the “pull point” of any object left or right.

• To compress or expand symbols within a measure or within an entire staff line, refer to "Repositioning measures using barlines", Section 7.5.6.


7.5.3 Resizing beam angles and note stems

Dragging the endpoint of a beam or note stem will increase or decrease its length.

7.5.4 Repositioning text fields linked to an active staffline.

All text fields are linked to an active staff line. To reveal the control point for each text field, position your cursor over its associated staffline and then locate the control point of the text field.

7.5.5 Reshaping arcs and slurs

Slurs (legatos) can be reshaped in two ways:

By moving end points of the arc or

By controlling the shape of the curve with either Bezier control handles.


End points con- trol the place- ment of the slur.


Bezier handles control the shape of the slur.

FIGURE 7 - 15: Reshaping slurs


7.5.6 Repositioning measures using barlines

To horizontally reposition all symbols in adjacent measures:

• In Nudge mode, moving barlines to the left or right will reposition symbols in measures adjacent to the barline. Symbols will become more spaced out or more contracted depending on the direction. This is helpful when a particular measure becomes crowded. Try it! Notice that relative note spacing (punctuation) is retained when measures are expanded or contracted.

To horizontally reposition all symbols in a staff line:




• Moving the barline at the end of a system will compress symbols in the entire system and all relative note spacing will still be kept intact. If a barline at the end of a system is moved far enough to the left, the first measure of the following system will reposition itself to become the last measure of the active system.

TE: For more details, see "Vertical Reformatting (Line, staff and system spacing using tabs)", Section 6.2.

7.5.7 Special fixes possible with Nudge mode



Flagged note in secondary voice After dragging note stem control causes offset in primary voice. point downward, offset is corrected.

FIGURE 7 - 16: Improving flagged note positioning by lengthening its note stem

7.5.7a Fixing offset notes & rests belonging to two voices


Notes and/or rests belonging to different voices (within the same vertical event) will auto- matically offset when positioned next each other. This is meant to avoid collisions between the two. Depending on the situation, readjusting position offset objects is possi- ble:


Offset rests due to close vertical proximity.

Offset corrected after dragging.

FIGURE 7 - 17: Offset due to rests too closely positioned

7.5.7b Fixing beam angles

Beam angles are a function of the length of note stems within the beam. By dragging note stems up or down, the angle of the beam will change. Control points at the end of beams can also be dragged up or down to adjust overall beam angle.

If a beam collides with note stems or appears at odd angles after moving or deleting notes, click & drag the control point on either beam end. Drag beam end until it is properly posi- tioned. Stems of notes alternate as the beam angle is changed.



Use the stem-lengthening method to control cross-staff beaming:


Beam colliding with

note stem

Drag beam control point to flip stem direc- tion

Drag beam control point to change beam angle

FIGURE 7 - 18: Controlling cross-staff beams