Palettes

    This chapter shows you how to customize the palettes and their contents; the application of palette items is already covered in Using the palettes (Basics).

    Adding palettes

    To add a preset or a custom palette, see Using the palettes: Adding more palettes.

    Hiding and deleting palettes

    To hide a preset palette, right click on it and select Hide palette. The palette is returned to the Add Palettes list (see above). Note that preset palettes cannot be deleted.

    To hide or delete a custom palette you have created earlier, right click on it and select Hide/Delete palette. Then follow the instructions in the dialog.

    Changing the order of palettes

    To change the order of a palette simply drag it up or down and drop it onto the desired position in the palettes list.

    Customizing palette contents

    Palettes can be populated with items from the Master Palette (Shift+F9 or View→Master palette), or from an opened score.

    Score items, when added to a palette, are saved with their custom properties.

    To enable/disable editing for a particular palette:

    1. Right-click on the palette name; or click on the ellipsis symbol (three dots) to the right of the palette name
    2. Check/uncheck Enable editing.

    Adding elements from the Master Palette window

    To add a symbol from the Master Palette to a palette in the Palettes panel:

    1. Open the desired palette, make sure editing is enabled (see Customizing palette contents).
    2. Open the Master Palette (Shift+F9 or View→Master palette)
    3. Drag and drop symbols from the relevant section(s) of the Master palette to the ordinary palette as required.

    If you have created a custom palette, there is another way to access the Master Palette:

    1. Open the custom palette
    2. Click on the More button
    3. Use the arrow buttons to navigate through the various sections of the Master Palette window
    4. Select on a symbol
    5. Press Add to my custom to add it to the custom palette
    6. To exit the dialog, click once more on the More button, or press Escape, or click outside the More section.

    Adding elements from the score

    To add score elements to a palette:

    1. Open the desired palette
    2. Press Ctrl+Shift (Mac: Cmd+Shift), then drag and drop the score element to the open palette.

    Moving elements between palettes

    Symbols can be moved from one open palette to another simply by dragging and dropping them.

    Deleting elements from palettes

    To delete an element in a palette, right-click on it and select Delete. In the case of preset palettes, the element will be moved to the More section. For custom palettes you are offered a choice of Hide (send element to the More section) or Delete permanently.

    Resetting a palette

    To reset a palette to its default state, right-click on the palette name, or click on the ellipsis symbol (three dots) to the right of the palette name; then select Reset palette.

    Note: A custom palette will be reset to an empty palette when this function is applied.

    Saving and loading palettes

    To save a palette, right-click on the palette name, or click on the ellipsis symbol (three dots) to the right of the palette name; then select Save palette.

    To load a previously-saved palette, right-click on a palette name, or click on the ellipsis symbol (three dots) to the right of the palette name; then select Load palette and navigate to the desired palette, select it and click Open.

    Palettes menu

    To access display options for the palettes area, click on the ellipsis symbol (three dots) to the right of the Palettes title at the top of the palettes area.

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    • Single-click to open a Palette: Uncheck this if you want to open a palette by double-clicking.
    • Open only one Palette at a time: if this option is checked, when you open a palette other palettes automatically close.
    • Collapse all Palettes: Closes all open palettes.
    • Expand all Palettes: Opens all palettes.
    • Close: Palettes panel closes.
    • Undock: Undocks the palettes panel. See also Windows and panels.

    Palette properties

    To access Palette properties for individual palettes, right-click on the palette name, or click on the ellipsis symbol (three dots) to the right of the palette name; then select Palette properties.

    This allows you to rename the palette, create a visible grid to separate elements, adjust width and height of cells, and change the scale and offset of the symbols.

    See also