"Mark Irregular Measures" should be a Global Preference

• Jul 7, 2019 - 12:57
Reported version
S5 - Suggestion

This new feature in MS3 adds plusses and minuses to show when the duration of a bar has been lengthened or shortened accordingly. Sometimes this can be useful, but especially in pickup measures and in measures where the length is intentionally changed by hand, these marks are not necessary, and what's worse, they masquerade as markings which in fact have established musical meanings:

  • minus = tenuto? ( also microtuning and comma shifting although that's not as established )
  • plus = pizzicato? percussion note? horn stop? ornament? (also microtuning, not as standard )

These markings clutter up the score and are misleading. There is value in being able to turn on the markings to check a score, but the markings should not be on by default. Since it seem you don't want to change the default to FALSE (off), then please make it a Global Preference so those of us who are annoyed by this can turn it off once instead of having to do it every single time for every new score we write.


I disagree with changing the default - it should be on. The majority of times people would want to know if they've accidentally added or deleted beats. Those few who don't wish to see these can disable it. It's no different from line breaks, frames, or other unprintable elements.

"accidentally added or deleted beats"? That is really your response to the valid musical syntax and typesetting concerns about these unnecessary and misleading symbols?

"Those few who don't wish to see these can disable it." If this is really your conclusion, then make this a switch in the global Preferences and not a score by score property. If it can be turned off for all scores, then everyone can be happy and there is no need to argue about it. I've changed the OP accordingly.

Status PR created active

That's not what my PR is doing.
And i don't find that logical, as none of the similar settings are global. And trying to make those global would create a compatibility issue with existing scores, so would probably get postponed MuseScore 4.

Okay, well I adjusted the request based on Marc's comments, which I guess was not the right thing to do. Anyway thanks for your help.

Of course there are valid reasons to sometimes have irregular measures. But there is no typesetting concern - the symbols for print and are just information, like the depiction of the frames or breaks.

On the other hand, I would also be fine with making it possible to set a personal default here, as one can do for style settings. Either actually making it a style setting, or adding checkboxes to set defaults in Edit / Preferences / Score.