Measure rests

    Full measure rest

    A whole rest, centred within a measure (shown below), is used to indicate that an entire measure (or a voice within a measure) is silent, regardless of time signature.

    Full measure rest

    To create one or more full measure rests

    Use the following method if all selected measures are "standard"—i.e. with no custom durations:

    1 Select a measure, or range of measures.
    2. Press Del.

    If one or more of the measures contains a custom duration, use the following method instead:

    1. Select a measure, or range of measures.
    2. Press Ctrl+Shift+Del.

    To create a full measure rest in a particular voice

    1. In the appropriate voice, enter a rest that extends for the full measure.
    2. Make sure the rest is selected, then press Ctrl+Shift+Del.

    Multimeasure rest

    Multimeasure rest

    Multimeasure (multi-bar) rests indicate a long duration of silence for an instrument and are frequently used in ensemble sheet music. They are automatically interrupted at important points, such as double barlines, rehearsal marks, key- or time signatures, etc.

    The number above the multimeasure rest indicates the number of measures that the rest lasts for.

    To display multimeasure rests

    Press M on your keyboard to turn multimeasure rests on or off.


    1. From the menu, choose StyleGeneral...
    2. Click on the "Score" tab, if it is not already selected
    3. Add a check mark next to "Create multimeasure rests"

    Note: The style option automatically combines empty measures into multimeasure rests throughout the score. Therefore, it is recommended that you enter all your notes first and then turn on multimeasure rests afterward.

    Break multimeasure rest

    See also: Measure operations: Break multimeasure rest

    You may want to have a multimeasure rest divided into two multimeasure rests.

    This option should be checked before turning on the "Create multimeasure rests" option in Style → General..., in the "Score" tab.
    Select the first measure where you want the second multimeasure rest to start, and do a right-click Measure Properties → Break multimeasure rest.

    Note that multimeasure rests are interrupted if there is a rehearsal mark (not a simple text), section break, key or time signature change, or double barline.