Improve UX for changing Note Grouping

• Aug 22, 2020 - 20:28

Hi. First, let me say that I've been a user and fan of Musescore for many years. I've been using it since version 1.x. Thanks for bringing a good, libre notation editor to the world.

I just wanted to recommend that you vastly improve the user experience around changing note grouping (beaming rules). Every time I go to do this, I can never, literally never, remember on the spot how to do it. I always have to struggle, click 15+ times all around the menus, dialogues, UI elements, etc. struggling to find where this functionality is hiding. Then I go search the internet to try to get reminded how to do it.

It would be tremendously awesome if you could surface this feature in a much more obvious and accessible location. In the context menu when you right click a beam would be a good option. Score Properties would be an okay place, too. Parts settings. Instruments settings. All sensible UI design choices. The place that is in right now is... well, if you were trying on purpose to hide it and make it difficult to find, congratulations, I'd say you certainly succeeded.

Bonus points if you let us set a default note grouping config, so I don't have to have this struggle every time I create a new score.


In reply to by SteveBlower

And, for the record, I already have found out (again and again) that that's how you do it. My point is, I want to be able to do it easily and right away using an intuitive and obvious UI mechanism. I don't want to eventually get to it after 15+ fruitless clicks in the app and a trip to a websearch engine.

In reply to by Pistos

remove the time signature from the palette
create a time signature with the beaming you want.
add the one you created to the palette

The beaming will then follow what is in the time signature you apply though it won't change an existing score.

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