There are different selection modes (ways to select objects).
Selection of a single object
- Just click on any object.
Selection of a single note or chord
To select all the notes in a chord:
- Make sure you are not in note input mode
- Press and hold Shift, then click on a note in the chord.
Note: Selecting a single note, then copying and pasting it, will only copy and paste the pitch—not duration or other properties (such as stemless). To copy the entire note, including all properties, you need to hold down Shift, the same as highlighting a whole chord.
There are several ways to select a continuous range of notes, chords or measures:
a) Make sure you are not in note entry mode
b) Click on the first note/chord/rest or measure in the range. You can extend the selection up or down to adjacent staves, if needed, using Shift + ↑ or ↓.
c) Then chose one of the following options:
- To advance the selection one chord at a time to the right: Press Shift + →.
- To advance the selection one chord at a time to the left: Press Shift + ←.
- To advance the selection one bar at a time to the right: Press Shift + Ctrl + → (Mac: Shift + Cmd + →).
- To advance the selection one bar at a time to the left: Press Shift + Ctrl + ← (Mac: Shift + Cmd + ←).
- To advance the selection to the beginning of the line: Press Shift + Home (Mac: Shift + Fn + ←).
- To advance the selection to the end of the line: Press Shift + End (Mac: Shift + Fn + →).
- To extend the selection to the beginning of the score: Press Shift + Ctrl + Home (Mac: Shift + Cmd + Fn + ←).
- To extend the selection to the end of the score: Press Shift + Ctrl + End (Mac: (Mac: Shift + Cmd + Fn + →).
Shift + Click selection (notes/rests only)
a) Make sure you are not in note entry mode
b) Click on the first note/rest in the range
c) Press and hold Shift
d) Click on the last desired note/rest.
The final selected element can be in the same staff or in staffs above or below the initial note/rest. All selected elements will be enclosed in a blue rectangle, including associated lines and articulations (but not voltas). You can repeat the operation to extend the selected range as required.
Measure selection: You can also select a range of whole measures by clicking on a blank space in the first desired measure, pressing shift, then clicking on a space in the last measure of the range. As with selecting notes, the range can be vertical as well as horizontal.
Drag selection (all elements)
Press and hold Shift and drag the cursor across the desired range. This method can be used to select notes/rests OR independently to select non-note symbols (e.g. staccato dots, lyrics etc.).
Select All (notes/rests and elements attached to notes/rests)
Press Ctrl+A (Mac: Cmd+A) to select every music staff in the score. Or use the menu, Edit → Select All.
In order to select a section (a region of the score starting and/or ending with a section break), click on an empty space in a measure in the section and select Edit → Select Section.
Note: See Copy and paste: Selection filter to disable certain types of elements from being selected in a range selection.
To select multiple individual elements (as opposed to a continuous range):
- Select (click on) the first element
- Press Ctrl (Mac: Cmd)
- Select (click on) additional elements while holding the Ctrl (Mac: Cmd) key.
Select all similar
To select all elements of a specific type (e.g., all barlines, all text elements, all staccato markings):
- Select an element
- Right click → Select
Several options are available:
- All Similar Elements: Selects all elements in the score similar to the chosen object
- All Similar Elements in Same Staff: Selects all elements in the same staff similar to the chosen object
- All Similar Elements in Range Selection: only applies if a →range selection is selected. Selects all elements in the range similar to the chosen object
- More...: opens a dialog that lets you fine-tune more options. For example, if you have a notehead selected, the dialog will look something like this (as of version 2.1—previous versions had fewer options):
- Same notehead: In this example, only noteheads of the same group will be selected;
- Same pitch: Only noteheads of the same pitch will be selected;
- Same type: All noteheads (of any group) will be selected;
- Same duration: Only noteheads of same duration will be selected;
- Same note name: Noteheads of that name in all octaves will be selected;
- Same staff: Only noteheads on the same staff will be selected.
- Replace selection: The default option: starts the selection from scratch;
- Add to selection: Keeps everything you have already selected, and adds the current selection to it;
- Search in selection:
- Subtract from selection: Keep everything you have already selected, but takes away the current selection.