Breaks and spacers

Page breaks, line breaks (system breaks), section breaks, and spacers are available in the "Breaks & Spacers" palette in the Advanced workspace. They can be applied to either a measure or a frame.

Breaks and Spacers Palette

  • A page break applied to a measure forces the following measure to start on a new page.
  • A line break forces the next measure to start in a new system.
  • A section break forces a line break and allows you to create sections within a score (see below).

    (Note: To split an existing measure in two, see Measure operations: Split and join.)

  • Spacers are used to increase the space between two adjacent staves or systems. To apply a spacer or adjust its height, see below. (Note: To adjust the space between staves score-wide, use the style settings. Spacers are designed for local adjustments.)

Adding a break or spacer

To add a break or spacer, chose one of the following options:

  • Select a measure or frame, then double-click a palette break or spacer symbol (for example, in the Breaks & Spacers palette).
  • Drag a break or spacer symbol from a palette onto a measure or frame.
  • For line breaks only, click on a barline and press Return (press again to remove the line break).
  • For page breaks only, click on a barline and press Ctrl+Return (Mac: Cmd+Return) (press again to remove the page break).

A break is inserted after the marked measure or frame. Blue break/spacer symbols are visible on the screen, but do not appear on printouts.

Adjusting a spacer

To adjust the height of a spacer, chose one of these options:

  • Double-click the spacer and drag the blue end-handle up and down.
  • Double-click the spacer and use the ↑ ↓ keys and/or Ctrl+↑ ↓ to move the end-handle up and down.
  • Click (or double-click) on the spacer and adjust the height property in the Inspector.

Deleting a break or spacer

To delete a break or spacer:

  1. Single click the break or spacer (it will turn into a darker blue to indicate that it is selected)
  2. Press the Delete key

Section break

A section break, as the name suggests, is used to create separate sections within a score. Like a line break, it forces the next measure or frame to begin a new system, and can also be used in association with a page break if required.

A section break could be used, for example, to divide a piece into separate movements.

Each section can have its own measure numbering independent of the rest of the score. By default, the first measure of a section is numbered "1" (see image below), though like the first measure of the score itelf, the number is not displayed unless configured in the measure properties dialog. The same dialog can be used to change the numbering according to your preference.

If you change Time signature or Key signature at the beginning of the new section, there will be no courtesy signature at the end of the previous section. See example below:

Example of use of section break

When you play back the score, the program adds a short pause between each section. In addition, the first end repeat barline in a section always sends the playback cursor to the beginning of the section, so a start repeat barline is optional.

Section Break Properties

Right click a section break and select Section Break Properties... to specify:

  • Pause length;
  • If the new section's first system shows long instrument names;
  • If the new section starts numbering measures at 1.

See also

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