Suggestion for more efficient note selection
I originally posted this as a comment in https://musescore.org/en/node/290854 on 5th March, but didn't get a reply, and thought that might be due to that issue's status being "by design". So I hope it's ok for me to repost it here.
I decided to give MuseScore a try for my latest composition a few months ago, and I am frequently frustrated by the fact that control-clicking individual notes is often the least tedious way of selecting the notes that I want. Carefully positioning the cursor over each note head, and having to occasionally go back and attempt to deselect nearby things that I selected by accident (e.g. other note heads), is much slower than Box Select would be if it only selected the notes within the box, rather than always automatically expanding to include the chord. The options under "Select>More..." are useful, but it's tiresome having to do the following every time I want to e.g. select a single voice in a single bar:
- Select a note;
- Right-click it;
- Go to "Select";
- Click "More...";
- Locate the "Same Voice" option;
- Click it;
- Locate the "Same Bar" option;
- Click it.
That's already an excessive amount of work. And yet, if the phrase that I want to select spans multiple bars, I have to repeat those 8 steps for every bar.
I understand that there are cases where it's useful for Box Select to automatically include the whole chord, but for me personally this feature has annoyed me more often than it's helped me. There really should be an efficient way of opting out of this feature. E.g. Ctrl+Drag Select does nothing at present, so how about if that action selects only the notes within the box, while Shift+Drag Select continues to automatically expand to include the chords? There should also be keyboard shortcuts for indicating when you want the box to add to or subtract from the current selection. E.g. perhaps you could use Ctrl+Shift+Drag Select for the former.