Displaying the Inspector
The Inspector appears by default on the right of your screen. To show or hide it:
- From the menu, select View and check or uncheck Inspector; alternatively, use the shortcut F8 (Mac: fn+F8).
To undock the Inspector panel:
Click the double-chevron symbol or double-click the top bar of the panel.
To re-attach the panel double-click on the top bar again. See also: Side panels.
What the Inspector does
When you select any object in the score window, its properties are automatically displayed in the Inspector where they can be edited. Multiple elements can also be selected and edited together—as long as they are of the same type. However, if the selected objects are of different types, then the Inspector restricts you to editing color, visibility, and automatic placement only.
"Reset to style default" and "Set to style" buttons
When you select a score object, two types of buttons are clearly visible on the right-hand side of the Inspector:
Reset to style default: . Press this button to reset a particular property to the default value—i.e. the one shown in the Style menu.
Set as style: . Press this button to make the value of a particular property the new default for the style. This will update the Style menu and all other objects governed by that style.
Note: You can also edit styles directly from the Style menu.
Properties are conveniently listed under categories in the Inspector. Categories can be identified by their bold lettering. For example, if you select a barline, you will see the following displayed at the top of the Inspector:
For details of the various categories and their properties, see below:
All score elements—except frames, breaks and spacers—display this category in the Inspector when selected. The options are as follows:
Visible: Uncheck this box to make selected elements invisible; alternatively, use the shortcut V (toggle). Invisible elements do not appear in the music when printed out or exported as a PDF or image. If you still want them to remain on display in the document window, make sure that the "Show Invisible" option is selected in View → Show Invisible. Invisible elements will then be colored light gray.
Color: Click on the rectangle to open a "Color Select" dialog. Adjust the color and opacity of selected elements.
Automatic placement: See Automatic placement.
Minimum distance: Minimum distance from other elements when automatic placement is enabled.
Offset X/Y: Allows you to position selected elements exactly (in terms of space units). A positive number moves the elements right or down; a negative number moves the elements left or up. Snap to grid buttons are also provided.
Stacking order (Z): See Automatic placement: Stacking order
This category is displayed only when you have selected a mixture of different types of elements, and allows editing of color, visibility, and automatic placement only.
- Leading Space: Use this to increase or decrease the space before an element. This also affects any associated lyric syllables.
- Offset X/Y: This changes the positon of every note in the same voice as the selected note(s). If you want to make changes to the position of just one note, use the Element category instead).
- Small: Make noteheads and stem small.
- Stemless: Make chord stemless.
- Stem direction: Choice of Auto, Up, or Down.
This category allows you to make changes to selected notes (but for note position—see Element). It contains the following properties:
- Small: Make notehead smaller (you can specify the relative size of all small notes from the menu: Format → Style… → Sizes…).
- Head group: See Notehead groups.
- Head type: See Notehead types.
- Mirror head: Position notehead to the left or right of the stem (default is "Auto").
- Fix to line: When ticked, the note is fixed to the top line of the standard 5-line staff.
- Line: A positive number moves the "fixed" note down; a negative number moves it upwards.
- Play: Unticking this box silences the note.
- Tuning: Adjust tuning of note to the nearest cent.
- Velocity type: Sets the MIDI velocity of notes directly. Chose one of two options:
- Offset: Make the value shown in "Velocity" relative to the previous dynamic marking.
- User: Make the value shown in "Velocity" absolute (i.e. the MIDI velocity is unaffected by dynamic markings).
- Velocity: Set the MIDI velocity according to the option displayed in "Velocity type."
This category appears differently according to the selection you have made:
- If you select a notehead, the "Select" category displays buttons which allow you to easily switch the selection to the stem, beam, hook, duration dot (or dots) or tuplet number associated with the notehead (see image below).
- If you select a range of measures, the "Select" category allows you to select either all notes, grace notes, or rests.
This section is displayed in the Inspector when you select one or more note beams, and allows you to make fine adjustments to beam position and angle, and also change the spacing of beamed notes.
This section appears when you select a clef: the tick box allows you to turn on/off the display of a preceding courtesy clef.
This category appears when you select an articulation or ornament. The following options are available:
- Direction: Whether the symbol points up or down: only applicable to certain symbols.
- Anchor: The vertical placement of the symbol:
- Play: Turn on/off playback effect.
- Time stretch: Only applicable to fermatas. Allows you to vary the pause in playback.
- Ornament style: A choice of default or Baroque playback.
See Fretboard diagrams.
This category is displayed when a line is selected. Here, you can set various general properties.
- Visible: Hide or display just the line: any text remains visible.
- Allow diagonal: The default is horizontal (unticked). Tick if you want to edit the line to create a slope.
- Line color/thickness/style: Set various properties of the line.
Text Line Details
This category is displayed when a line is selected. It allows you to set the wording of a line, edit text properties, set line hooks, and align the text in relation to the line.
- Begin hook / Height: At the beginning of the line, specify None, 90° (vertical), 45° (angled), or 90° centered; set hook length.
End hook / Height: Ditto for the very end of the line.
Begin Text / Continue Text / End Text: Refers to text at the very beginning of the line; at the beginning of any continuation line; or at the end of the very last line. All have the same properties, as follows:
- Text: Create or edit the text associated with the line.
- Font face / Size / Style: Set the text properties, and/or edit the text style of the line.
- Align: Set the horizontal and vertical alignment of the text in relation to the line.
- Placement: Place the text on (Above/Below), or to the left of the line.
- Offset X / Y: Adjust the x and y offsets for exact positioning.
Some object types have additional properties. These are accessed by right-clicking on the object and choosing a "... properties" option from the context menu. The settings available in these dialogs are explained in the description of the object type in Notation or Advanced topics.
- Articulations and ornaments
- Time signatures
- Staff and system text
- Measure operations
- Staff/Part properties