A whole rest, centered within a measure (shown below), is used to indicate that an entire measure (or a voice within a measure) is silent, regardless of time signature.
Use the following method if all selected measures are "standard"—i.e. with no custom durations:
If one or more of the measures contains a custom duration, use the following method instead:
A Multimeasure rest indicates a period of silence for an instrument: the number of measures is shown by the number above the staff.
Multimeasure rests are automatically interrupted at important points, such as double barlines, rehearsal marks, key- or time signature changes, section breaks etc. and also at measures that are set to break multimeasure rests.
To turn multimeasure rests on or off:
Note: It is recommended that you enter all notes in the score first before enabling multimeasure rests.
You may want to have a multimeasure rest divided into two multimeasure rests:
See also: Measure operations: Break multimeasure rest.