When an entire measure is devoid of notes, a full-measure (full-bar) rest is used.
To create a one-bar rest, select a measure and press Del. All notes and rests on this measure are then replaced by a one-bar rest.
Multi-measure (multi-bar) rests indicate a long duration of silence for an instrument and are frequently used in ensemble sheet music.
- From the menu, choose Style → Edit General Style
- Click on the "Score" tab, if it is not already selected
- Add a check mark next to "Create Multi Measure Rests"
The style option automatically creates multi-measure rests throughout the score. Therefore, it is recommended that you enter all your notes first, and then turn on multi-measure rests afterwards.