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7.7 Keyboard Shortcuts

7.7.1 Unify (U)

See "Unify (U)", Section 7.7.1"Unify Score (“U”)", Section 7.8.4

7.7.2 Dots (D)

Hit the “D” key. This toggles between Insert a dot and Delete a dot modes. Notice how the cursor alternates between a solid insert dot and grayed-out delete dot.

Any note or rest may be selected with dots of prolongation assigned to it. Select a note or rest from the appropriate palette, then click on the single or double-dot button inside the palette. In Insert mode, the new note/rest will have a dot.

7.7.3 Ties (V)

Hit the “V” key. This toggles you between the solid Insert tie and grayed-out Delete tie modes. To tie two contiguous notes of the same pitch, click on the first note. The “V” tie tool will also insert multiple ties from one chord cluster to the next as long as note pitches match.

NOTE: To over-ride default arc direction, insert ties with a right-click (option + click for

Mac). Inserted ties will have reversed arc directions.

To insert only one tie at a time, select the single tie button from the “Notes” palette.

7.7.4 Beam direction (A)

With any single flagged note chosen, hit the “A” key. This toggles between Left beam, Middle beam and Right beam directions.

7.7.5 Stem direction (S)

The “S” key changes the default note stem direction. When inserting a note, toggling the “S” key reverses the stem direction of an inserted note.

Default stem direction of an inserted note is determined by its vertical position on the staff. Stem direction of inserted notes automatically changes when the cursor crosses the middle line of any staff.

To place a note with a stem in the opposite direction of the cursor,

Hit the “S” key to flip the stem on the cursor. Or right-click while inserting a note

(option + click for Mac).

To change the stem direction of an existing note,

In Insert mode, right-click on any given notehead (option + click for Mac). The stem direction of the note will become flipped.

NOTE: In general, Voice #1 should have stems up and Voice #2 should have stems down. To change the stem direction of several notes at once,

a. Hit the “O” key to activate the Select tool.

b. Click and drag a box around any series of notes.

c. Press the “S” key to reverse the stem direction of the highlighted notes.

To change the stem direction of ALL notes in the document,

a. Select Ctrl+A (Select all in document).

b. Press the “S” key to reverse the stem direction of every note with a stem.

7.7.6 Voice Splitting (Select + “H”)

To split two-note clusters into two independent voices,


a. Hit the “O” key or Select button to activate the Select tool.

b. Select Ctrl+A (Select all) to highlight all symbols in the document.


c. Press the “H” key. This will separate two-note clusters into 2 voices.


FIGURE 7 - 1: Splitting two-note chords into 2 voices


TIP:Only two note clusters will split. If you wish to split clusters containing three or more notes, delete the least desirable note(s) from the cluster (“Z” key and “X” key) until you are left with two notes in each cluster.

NOTE: You can select multiple clusters on the page using the Selector Tool or using “Select All” (Ctrl + A or Edit > Select All).

7.7.7 Part Linking (Ctrl+L)


a. Mis-matched parts can be properly reassigned with Part Linking. In addition, “orphan” staff lines can be reconnected to their proper system using this tool. With your cursor positioned over the system of interest, press Ctrl+L (Win) / Cmnd+L (Mac). An alternative method is to select the Properties Tool and right- click (alt / option for Mac) over any staffline in a system that requires re-linking and select “Part Linking. This will open the Re-link Parts window.


FIGURE 7 - 2: Re-link Parts window