Handle measure with too many notes to fit on a single system

• Aug 3, 2015 - 15:09
S5 - Suggestion

Import the attached music xml file (guitar staff/TAB). There are many notes in this measure and it has exceeded the staff length, pushing the music and end bar line off the staff altogether.

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long_bar.xml 55.02 KB


As far as I can tell, this is not specific to MusicXML; it's just a fact that if you have a measure with a lot of notes in it and have too large a staff size selected, it's not going to fit. It isn't clear what one should expect here, but I've decided to turn this into an open-ended feature request. I could imagine MuseScore detecting this situation and automatically reducing staff size or note size to force it to fit, or splitting the measure automatically so it continues across systems, etc. Meanwhile though, you can do any of these things manually.

I tried splitting a measure manually in a file from which the parts had been deleted and the program crashed. It continued to do so even after the file and program had both been closed and reopened.

Do you believe this is related to the current issue? Seems more likely to be separate. Please file a new issue with the score and steps to reproduce the crash.

I was looking for something else and tried it for fun. In measure 7, select the 5th 8th-note in the LH and follow instructions for splitting the measure and the program will crash, at least it did for me, if I attached the right file.

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measure won't split.mscz 13.44 KB