Selecting the note duration with shortcuts in a measure is dodgy

• Aug 11, 2020 - 16:23

When I select an empty measure and want to select the note duration with the number keys, the program clicks off the measure I selected and if I press a note duration shortcut again, it activates a different measure. It's an awful bug that is terrible for workflow and wastes time.


Clicking a duration key with an empty measure selected does not make sense to do even once, much less twice. Durations keys in normal mode are for changing the duration of the selected notes. I am guessing you are intending to enter notes, but if you, you shouldn't be selecting the duration until you enter note input mode.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

In version 3.5 this problem is essentially fixed. If you want to start entering notes by changing the duration of the measure rest (or any other), then press the appropriate duration, then press the shortcut for the note and you will get a note with that pitch of that duration and note input mode will turn on. This works as long as Step Time (Default) is the default note input mode. If your default is re-pitch mode (or possibly some others), then you may get the results you are describing.

In reply to by Huuuup

Maybe I'm misunderstanding something. What is your actual goal in selecting one duration, then immediately selecting another duration? What were you expecting to happen?

You can use a tool however you like of course - but it is also important to understand what the effect of a given action is. As an analogy, Microsoft decided that hitting Enter while typing a sentence
should insert
a line break.
You don't use it that way - but you do need to know that that is how it was designed to work, and that hitting Enter while expecting it do something else - say, change the paragrpah style to Heading 3 - just isn't going to work. That is why it is important for us to understand what it is you are actually trying to do here, then we can help you see how to do it.

In reply to by Huuuup

You're free to use a screwdriver as a hammer, but you may not like the results you get. When these tools are programmed, certain actions yield certain results. If you aren't getting the results you want, then you are likely using the wrong tool. If you tell us what you're trying to do, someone can tell you how to make MuseScore do it.

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