Can I convert a 'dotted quaver and semiquaver' back to a pair of quavers?

• Aug 2, 2018 - 17:12

As it sounds really. I can convert a pair of semiquavers to a dotted quaver plus semiquaver by selecting the first quaver of the pair and pressing '.'.
Is there a way (apart from undo which may not be available) to select the the pair and convert them back to a pair of quavers?

I haven't been able to find it in the forum/manual or I don't know what it's called but I'm sure it must be there somewhere.



Indeed no "easy" way, often best is to simply re-type the notes. But for the record, here's how you can do it if you don't want to re-enter them completely (useful if these are big chords, or if you've got lyrics and/or other markings attached that you want to preserve):

1) click first note, press 4 to make it an eighth
2) press Esc then Shift+click the second note to range-select it
3) Ctrl+X to cut it
4) click the rest on the "and" of the beat (or press Left)
5) Ctrl+V to paste
6) press Esc then click the note to select it individually (or press Left then Right)
7) press 4 to make it an eighth

A bunch of steps, sure, but they are quick, and if you've got a lot of stuff you don't want to have to re-enter, it could sometimes be worthwhile.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Thanks Marc, I had already used this method but it is quite time consuming compared to '.' when you have it in a lot of places. I had converted a lot of these pairs previously and now I think I want to go back to quavers and re-think the piece.

I suppose SHIFT-'.' (or similar) with the first note (or both notes) of the pair selected could convert back.... maybe it's too complicated?

Is it something that anyone else has asked for?

In reply to by TheOnlyMagicbean

It comes up periodically. The problem with adding a special command just for this particular case is that it is extremely specific and probably wouldn't do anything meaningful in other cases, whereas there is nothing special about the "." command - it just does what duration change normally does (change duration of note, stealing time from note as necessary).

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