The Lines palette of the Advanced workspace includes the following types of lines:
- Hairpins (crescendo and diminuendo)
- Volta brackets (1st, 2nd, 3rd time endings etc.)
- Octave lines (8va, 8vb, 15ma etc)
- Keyboard pedal markings
- Extended ornament lines (Trills etc)
- Guitar barre line
- Straight line
- Ambitus (early music symbol)
Applying lines to the score
Lines can be applied in the following ways:
Select a note and then double click one of the lines.
Select a range of notes by clicking on the first note and using Shift-click to select the last note. Then double-click a line in the palette.
Drag and drop a line from the palette onto the score.
Select a range of measures and double click a line.
To add a line to a single note or chord: Select the note and Ctrl+Click the next note. Then double click the desired line in the palette.
Slurs can also be created using the hotkey S.
Adjust vertical position
To adjust the vertical position of one or more lines:
- Ensure you are not in note-input or edit mode.
- Use either of the following:
- Click on one or more lines and change the vertical offset in the Inspector;
- Click on a line, press and hold Shift and drag it up/down with a mouse.
Note: You can also adjust the vertical position in Edit mode.
Ensure you are not in note input mode (press Esc to exit);
Double click the line that you want to change to enter edit mode;
Click on an end handle and use one of the following shortcuts:
- Shift+→ to move the end handle, and its anchor, right by one note (or, in the case of hairpins, one measure)
- Shift+← to move the end handle, and its anchor, left by one note (or, in the case of hairpins, one measure);
To change the position of an end handle without changing the position of its anchor, use the following:
- → to move the handle right by 0.1 sp (1 sp = one staff space = the distance between two staff lines).
- ← to move the handle left 0.1 sp.
- Ctrl+→ (Mac: Cmd+→) to move the handle right one sp.
- Ctrl+← (Mac: Cmd+→) to move the handle left one sp.
Note: You can also drag the endpoint handles with a mouse.
Custom lines and line properties
Lines may contain features such as embedded text or hooks at the ends (e.g. ottavas and voltas). They can be customized once they have been added to the score, and the results saved to a workspace for future use:
Right-click on a line and choose Line Properties…
Add any text you want to appear in the line.
- Begin: Text added here appears at the beginning of the line:
- Continue: Text added here appears at the beginning of a continuation line.
- End: Text added here appears at the end of the line.
Click on the ... buttons to adjust the Text properties at each position as required.
If a hook is required, tick the appropriate "Hook" box, and adjust the hook length and angle.
Select an option from "Place": "Above or "Below" positions the text so that it overlaps the line; "Left" places the text to the left of the line.
Note: Additional placement options are available in the "Text properties" dialog (see step 2, above).
Click OK to exit Line Properties.
Make adjustments to Color, Thickness and Line type (solid, dashed etc.) in the "Line" section of the Inspector. Ticking "Diagonal" here allows you to create a diagonal line by dragging the end handles.
If you wish to save the resulting line for future use, see Custom palettes.
Once applied to the score, lines cannot be copied using the usual copy and paste procedures. However, you can duplicate lines within a score: press and hold Ctrl+Shift (Mac: Cmd+Shift), click on the line and drag it to the desired location.
Extended ornament lines
To add an accidental to an extended ornament, such as a trill line, select the line and double-click a symbol from the Accidentals palette.