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 (in versions 0.9.5 and earlier it is called Style → Edit 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 afterward.
Versions 0.9.5 and earlier do not automatically break multi-measure rests at important points such as double bar lines, key signatures, rehearsal marks. This is fixed for the latest versions of MuseScore. As a workaround for earlier versions see the "Break multi-measure rests" heading of measure operations.