Selecting and Deleting Notes

• Apr 4, 2011 - 01:27

I learned (from another post on this forum) that I can use Shift + Rt Arrow to select multiple notes. I need to delete a series of notes on the bottom of a series of chords. I select the bottom note, hit the Shift + Right arrow key and voila, it selects the notes beautifully. But then when I hit Function - Delete (MAC) it deletes the entire chord. Does anyone know a way to delete multiple notes on a series of chords without deleting the chords?

Example: Chord is Am ( notes a, c, e) repeated seven times. I want to delete the "a" note from all of them.


Hahahahaha! I remember when I had issues with the same exact problem. (Sorry for laughing-I was definitely laughing with you and not at you.) (:

Fortunately, there is a simple solution. Just hold down the ctrl key (as you are using a MAC you would need to hold down the command key) and select all the notes you want to eliminate by clicking on them with your mouse. Then you hit the handy delete button and... Presto!-wish granted.

Good luck to you!

Same problem in version 2.0.2.

Steps to reproduce:

- create a new score from the treble clef template and with all the default values
- insert four quarter notes in the first and in the second measure
- exit insert mode, click on the first note, Ctrl+K and insert a chord for each note or just some of them


- if you want to delete just the notes in the first measure but not the notes in the second measure nor the chords in both measures, you can't but select one note at a time by Ctrl+left clicking on each of them (this is very time consuming for longer parts)
- for the same goal, you can also hold down Del and left click on each note (as time consuming as the first option)
- you can right click on a note and Select -> Similar elements then Del: this will preserve the chords but it's OK only if you want to delete ALL the notes. If you just want to delete SOME notes, you'll have to deselect the notes you don't want to delete one by one (again, this may be very time consuming)

- in ANY of these cases you won't get empty measures below your chords, but measures full of quarter pauses. The best you can do is selecting the first pause of each measure and hit 7 (or select the four quarters note from the top palette) (again, unnecessarily time consuming). But, as far as I can see, there is NO WAY to get a full measure pause, i.e. at the centre of the measure, instead of a four quarters pause, i.e. at the beginning (left) of the measure, without deleting the chords too.

Am I missing something? Is there a workaround? Or is this something developers should take care of?

In reply to by ciacnorris

I'm not really clear on what you are asking, but:

- If you want to delete the notes in the first measure but not the second, simply select the first measure (eg, click an empty spot in it, or click first note then Shift+click the last) and press Delete. If you want to delete the notes but note the chord symbols simply exclude the chord symbols from the selection using View / Selection Filter.

- If you want to delete some notes, there are lots of options for this. Ctrl+click lets you select individually, Select / All Similar Elements selects all notes but see there are also options to select only those in a given staff, or just within a current selection, and the "More" option allows you to select by voice, or by system. Not sure how else you were hopig to be able to select - maybe if you posted a sample score and told us what notes you wanted to delete and how you expected to be able to tell MuseScore this other than Ctrl+clicking them, we could show you how.

- If you select notes one by one with Ctrl+click, they are indeed replaced by rests one by one., But if you select the whole measure as I suggested above, then they are replaced by a full measure rest.

Sounds like maybe you just haven;'t discovered how easy it is to select a full measure, or indeed any range of notes?

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Thanks a lot, I wasn't aware of the Selection Filter which is very helpful in this case.

Anyway, even if I select the full measures and use the Selection Filter to delete just the notes (keeping the chords), I get quarter pauses instead of empty measure pauses.

In other words, I can't figure out how to get from A to B (see attachments).

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In reply to by ciacnorris

Are you *sure* you are selecting the full measure? A blue rectangle appears around it? If I do that, I definitely get a full measure rest on delete. Perhaps somethign has become corrupt in your score, but it seems more likely there is still some miscommunication here. Please post the score you are having problems with and precise steps to reproduce the problem. Here's what I did:

1) click the first measure
2) shift+click the second, which selects both and displays a blue rectanlge around them
3) press Delete

Works fine for me!

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

If you do like that, you delete chords too. As you can see in the previous attachments, I want to keep the chords.


1) click the first measure
2) shift+click the second, which selects both and displays a blue rectangle around them
3) in the Inspector, in the "Select" section, click on "Notes" button to unselect chords
4) press Delete

Musescore version 2.0.2 revision f51dc11 on Linux Mint KDE 17.2

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In reply to by ciacnorris

Don't use the Notes button in the Inspector for this purpose - it changes the selection from a range selection to a list selection. That's necessary for doing further work on those notes using the Inspector, but precisely what you *don't* want to do here. Do as I said in my original post - exclude the chord symbols using the View / Selection Filter. This leaves the selection as a range selection, but excludes the chord symbols.

There are other ways to accomplish the basic task of deleting notes while leaving chord symbols, btw. For instance, you could select the chord symbols (select the rnage first, then right click one chord, Select / All Similar Elements in Range Selection), hit Ctrl+C to copy. Now delete range normally, which deletes the notes and chord symbols, then just paste the chord symbols back. Probably other methods too. MuseScore has a wide range of selection and copy/paste methods, many of which didn't exist back in 2011 when this trherad was originally started...

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