Applying properties to multiple measures?

• Oct 14, 2013 - 20:09

Is there a way to apply the same measure properties to multiple measures?

I'm specifically trying to change "actual" values (i.e. 3/4) of multiple measures without using the 3/4 time signature. I've tried selecting several measures, then right-clicking, selecting "measure properties", and changing the value there, but it only applies to one measure (the one which I right-clicked). The only way I've been able to accomplish my goal is to change each measure individually... all the while thinking there has got to be a better way!


The ability to change properties on multiple measures in one operation would also be useful to me, in the following situation:
I often scan a piece of music and use an "optical recognition" utility in an old version of Finale PrintMusic. This loads it into PrintMusic, from which I export MusicXML, which I then import into MuseScore. It's relatively common that the "recognition" is imperfect -- so that some measures are set up- incorrectly- with a different "actual" time signature than the Nominal time signature.

If one could select multiple measures (in my case, I'd select ALL), and set them all to the Nominal time signature, that would save a bunch of time visually examining the results of the "import XML" for errors in the scan+recognize process.

Or if anybody has devised any shortcuts that would help I'd appreciate learning them.

Thanks to the code and proj mgt team for all your work on MuseScore. It's a great tool already.

In reply to by Justin Masayda

When using Ctrl+A and the Inspector, you will need to press the Notes button to limit the selection to just the notes, otherwise the note-specific options won't be available.

Another way to achieve the effect is right-click a staff, Staff Properties, Advanced Style Properties, set it stemless there (oops, as mentioned above).

You can also use a Staff Type Change (the "S" icon on the Text palette) to change to stemless and back mid-score.

Definitely you don't need to resort to setting things like this one at a time!

Hi -I know this is an old one- did anyone find out if it is possible to change the bar duration simultaneously in multiple measures (the scanning problem mentioned above)?
Many thanks for any help

In reply to by jeetee

thanks jeetee. Thought it might not be possible but there is always the possibility that I just didn't know how to do it. Selecting multiple measures and changing the time signature just causes Musescore to crash completely. Using 'Bar Properties' changes only the first measure.

Your help is appreciated

In reply to by dondonald

I tried the following:
- Add a time signature that is longer than the original one (e.g. 6/4 instead of 4/4). Then add the original one again -> all subsequent measures have the original time signature, but the rhythm is out of place certainly.
- Use the "Insert" input mode to correct measures that are too short respectively delete excessive notes / rests by Ctrl+Del in measures that are too long.

In reply to by jeetee

Sorry, my posting wasn't clear. The 2 points must be read separately.

If you want to match the actual measure duration of several measures (!) to the nominal one you can use the 1st point. (This was the question of the thread opener).

If you want to correct the rhythmic structure which was damaged by the optical recognition (supernumerary resp. missing rests) you use the 2nd point.

In reply to by KHS

But the first solution would simply shift all measures past the first irregular one to different beats/measures in the new time signature?
It would thus possibly split longer notes into tied ones because they now cross new measure boundaries. And you'd lose any repeat barlines that were detected correctly...

In reply to by KHS

Yes, I read it. Apparently you misread my answer.
Why would you leave this method as a hint to others as you already know it to break more than what was broken in the first place. It's about as useful as advise as "first transpose everything, then fix some stuff, and then transpose it back, because it is now in the wrong key".
If the suggested extra steps only create more extra work and still leave the original work (your "option 2") at the exact same amount, if not higher so; why advise it?

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