Connecting notes with beams connects the last note before the selected notes too

• Aug 27, 2021 - 14:09
Reported version
S4 - Minor
by design
  1. Select notes.
  2. Double-click "Beam middle".
  3. The last note before the selected notes connects to the selected notes too.


Status active by design

This is correct. The command isn't "connect the selected notes", it's "beam middle". Which means, "allow these notes to be in the middle of a beam". You said you wanted that first note to be in the middle of a beam, so that's precisely what you got. If you don't want that first note to be in the middle of a beam, don't select it when applying that command - just select the second note.

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It's possible there was a bug in some previous version where selecting the first note of a measure and setting it to beam middle did not correctly connect it to the previous measure, but if so, then thankfully, that bug is fixed. Setting any note to beam middle is supposed to allow the previous note to beam to it. Wouldn't be very useful otherwise!

But it is true that there are limitations if the previous note is on a different system. In these cases, the connecting beam across the barline won't be shown, and sometimes causes problems also. Hence the issue linked above.

But definitely, absolutely, it's completely correct and always has been that if the first note of a measure is selected when you apply "beam middle", you are telling MsueScore you want that note beamed to whatever came before, and MsueScore should try as hard as it can to make that happen. if you don't want it to happen, don't set the first note of the measure to beam middle.