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.
To create one or more full measure rests
Use the following method if all selected measures are "standard"—i.e. with no custom durations:
If one or more of the measures contains a custom duration, use the following method instead:
To create a full measure rest in a particular voice
- In the appropriate voice, enter a rest that extends for the full measure.
- Make sure the rest is selected, then press Ctrl+Shift+Del.
Multi-measure (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 multi-measure rest indicates the number of measures that the rest lasts for.
To display multi-measure rests
Press M on your keyboard to turn multi-measure rests on or off.
- From the menu, choose Style → General...
- Click on the "Score" tab, if it is not already selected
- Add a check mark next to "Create multi-measure rests"
Note: The style option automatically combines empty measures into multi-measure rests throughout the score. Therefore, it is recommended that you enter all your notes first and then turn on multi-measure rests afterward.
Break multi-measure rest
You may want to have a multi-measure rest divided into two multi-measure rests.
This option should be checked before turning on the "Create multi-measure rests" option in Style → General..., in the "Score" tab.
Select the first measure where you want the second multi-measure rest to start, and do a right-click Measure Properties → Break multi-measure rest.