Invisible stave

• Oct 4, 2015 - 09:47

Is there a way to make a stave invisible, but audible?


In reply to by Fred Guldentops

To be clear: "right click" means click with the *right* (as opposed to left) mouse button. That terminology is obvious enough for two-button mice. For a one-button mouse, the equivalent gesture is usually Ctrl+click. For touchpads it might be Ctrl+click, Ctrl+tap, or two finger tap. Consult the documentation for your device if you aren't sure.

Anyhow, whatever the gesture is for your device, you need to that on the staff to display the context menu that contains "Staff Properties" and other actions.

But as noted, to make a staff invisible - if that is your goal - you can do that by pressing "I" (shortcut for Edit / Instruments) and hiding the staff in the resulting dialog.

It's also possible you are trying to do something else, like automatically staves that are empty for some particular system, or delete a staff completely, etc. We can give you more specific help if you explain in more detail what you are trying to do (and attaching the score you are working on is usually helpful too).

In reply to by Justin Peoplesworth

It's not totally clear what you mean when you say you highlighted some measures an unclicked the visible box.
There would not normally any "Visible" box available after selecting measures. The only cases I can think of here is if those measure happened to be completely empty so the selection contained nothing but rests, or else if the piece was in 4/4 time and every measure in the selection contained a whole note. In either of these cases, the Inspector would indeed show a Visible checkbox, to control the visibility of those rests or notes. And unchecking it would cause those rests or notes to become invisible. They would show up grey on screen so you can still edit them, but invisible when printing. The measures themselves remain, just the contents are invisible.

However, I am thinking it is pretty unlikely that this is actually what you intend. My guess is that you either want to delete those measures completely, or else you want to hide the entire measures (probably because they are empty). To delete measures, select them and press Ctrl+Delete (or Edit / Measure / Delete Selected Measures). To automatically hide all empty measures where possible, use Style / General / Hide empty staves. This will still leave empty measures on staves that also contain non-empty measures, as per usual engraving convention, but if you really want "holes" in the score where the empty measures appear, you can right click them individually, go to Measure Properties, and uncheck "Visible" there for the particular staff on which you wish the hole to appear.

If that doesn't solve your problem, please attach your score and describe in more detail what you are actually trying to accomplish.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Hi, Marc!

Yes, the measures are empty; I just didn't want them appearing when printed. They're at the end of certain lines that stop at the right side of the page, so each line is a new staff (ie. scales only taking up 3 measures per line, or chord progressions taking up 4 measures, instead of continuing on.)

Thank you! :)

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In reply to by Justin Peoplesworth

I don't see any empty measures in your example, but if I understand you correctly, you are wishing certain lines of music to not be stretched to the right margin. Assuming you don't want to simply increase the right margin (maybe you want some lines to still stretch?), then that's still something different yet. Instead of invisible measures, you actually just want a horizontal frame (see Frames palette). That's how you prevent a line from stretching the full width of the page.

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