Beams

Note beams are set automatically, based on the time signature. To adjust the default beaming, right-click on the time signature and select "Time Signature Properties." See Change default beaming.

However, if you want to adjust note beaming manually, on a case-by-case basis, use the beam symbols found in the "Beam Properties" palettes.

Adjust note beaming

Manual adjustment of note beams can be done by either of the following methods:

  • Drag and drop a beam symbol from a workspace onto a note in the score.
  • Select one or more notes in the score and double click the desired workspace beam symbol.

Beam symbols

Beam symbols can be found in the "Beam properties" palettes in the "Basic" and "Advanced" workspaces (see image below).

Beam Properties Palette (Advanced)

The following is a list of beam symbols and their effects:

  • Start beam button Start a beam at this note.

  • Middle of beam button Do not end a beam at this note (or rest).

  • No beam button Do not beam this note.

  • 16th sub beam button Start a second level beam at this note.

  • 32nd sub beam button Start a third level beam at this note.

  • Automatic mode button (back to) Automatic mode: the mode MuseScore chooses on note input, dependent on current time signature.

  • Feathered beam slower button Start feathered beam (slower) at this note.

  • Feathered beam faster button Start feathered beam (faster) at this note.

Adjust beam with the keyboard/mouse

Adjust beam angle

  1. Double-click on a note beam to put it into edit mode—the right end handle is automatically selected.
  2. Use the up/down arrows or drag the right end handle to change the angle of the beam.
  3. Press Esc to exit edit mode.

Adjust beam height

  1. Double-click on a note beam to put it into edit mode—the right end handle is automatically selected.
  2. Press Shift+Tab or click the left handle to select it
  3. Use the up/down arrows or drag the left end handle to change the height of the beam.
  4. Press Esc to exit edit mode.

Adjust beam with the inspector

Alternatively, you can use the Inspector for all of these operations:

Adjust beam angle

  1. Click on a note beam.
  2. Tick the "User position" box in the "Beam" section of the Inspector.
  3. Set the "Position" values to get the desired beam angle.

Adjust beam height

  1. Click on a note beam.
  2. Tick the "User position" box in the "Beam" section of the Inspector.
  3. Set the "Position" values as desired.

Make the beam horizontal

  1. Select a note beam
  2. Tick the "Horizontal" box in the "Beam" section of the inspector.
  3. If desired, adjust the beam height with the keyboard/mouse: see above.

If you want all note beams in the score to be horizontal there is a "Flatten all beams" option in StyleGeneralBeams.

Adjust feathered beams

To adjust feathered beams:

  1. Select a note beam.
  2. Adjust the values in the "Grow left" and "Grow right" boxes in the "Beam" section of the Inspector.

Flip note beam

To flip a beam from above to below the notes, or vice-versa:

  1. Select one or more note beams.
  2. Use any of the following options:
    • Press the X key;
    • Press the "Flip direction" icon in the bottom right of the toolbar area.
    • Select a "Direction" option (Auto, Up or Down) in the "Beam" section of the Inspector.

Reset Beam Mode

To restore beams to the mode defined in the current time signature select Layout Reset Beam Mode. If you have a selection when you chose this menu item, only that selection will be affected. If nothing is selected, the entire score will have it beams restored according to local time signatures.

See also

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