Problems with Correcting Rest-Lengths

• Sep 29, 2020 - 20:46

(here I used "Pause" and "Rest" interchangeably)
We want to make this first measure become a full pause:
If you know what to do, it's easy. Select the whole measure, click delete.
If you don't do it the optimal way, it gets messy. Here's some stuff I tried:

  1. If you select the whole measure and click 7 to make it a full pause.... yes, a full pause is entered. However, the other pauses are just pushed back and the new full pause doesn't get placed in the middle of the measure like it would be expected. Is this a bug?
  2. If you only select the first quater-rest and click 7 to make it a full pause, as you would act if they were normal notes, again, it works... This new full rest doesn't get placed in the middle of the measure either. Is this a bug?
  3. There's one third thing I tried that also just pushed back the rests, just like option 1) did... I'll add it here if I remember.

Anyways, what's the reason for those rest-correction-mechanics? Which of them are bugs and which ones aren't?


A whole rest is not a measure rest. A whole rest is always 4 beats. This is true if you make it in a 3/4 or 6/4 measure. The rest and other rests in the affected measures are adjusted to account for a barline in the middle of a whole rest you enter. Similar to how it creates tied notes when you enter a whole note in a 3/4 measure.

A measure rest is always the length of an entire measure and starts on beat 1. To create a measure rest do one of two things, select the entire measure and press delete or press a beat 1 rest and press ctrl+shift+delete.

MuseScore is smart enough to know that a measure filled with any type of rests is empty, so it will be included in multi-measure rests when appropriate.

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