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    A number of useful commands can be found in the EditTools submenu.

    Add / Remove system/line breaks

    This tool adds or removes system breaks (Line breaks prior to version 2.2) over all or part of the score:

    1. Select a range of measures: if no selection is made, the command is applied to the whole score.
    2. Chose EditToolsAdd/Remove System (Line) Breaks…. The following dialog appears.

      Add/Remove Line Breaks

    3. Chose one of the following options:

      • Break systems/lines every X (select number) measures.
      • Add system/line breaks at the end of each system.
      • Remove current system/line breaks.
    4. Press OK.


    The explode command allows you to select a passage of music in a single staff and split (explode) the chords into their constituent notes. The top note of each chord is retained on this "source staff" while lower notes are moved to subsequent staves. Explode only affects notes in voice 1.

    Note: If the desired passage also contains notes in other voices apart from voice 1, you should, instead, cut and paste each voice to a separate staff with the help of the selection filter.

    To explode a section of the score:

    1. Make sure all notes to be exploded are in voice 1.
    2. Ensure that there are enough staves underneath the "source staff" to receive the exploded notes. Create extra staves if necessary in the Instruments dialog.
    3. Chose one of two options:
      • Select a range of measures in the "source staff": this allows all notes to be exploded if there are enough staves available.
      • Select a range of measures that includes both the source staff and also extends downwards to include one or more destination staves: This limits the number of exploded notes to the number of selected staves.
    4. Chose EditToolsExplode.

    Notes: (1) MuseScore will discard the lowest note(s) of any chord that contains more notes than the number of staves in the selection. (2) If a given chord has fewer notes than the number of destination staves, then notes will be duplicated as needed so that every staff receives a note. (3) Any existing music in the destination staves is overwritten. (4) If you select a partial measure, the explode command will automatically expand it to a full measure.


    The Implode command works in the opposite way to "explode":

    • If several staves are selected, all voice 1 notes in underlying staves are copied to the top staff.
    • If just one staff is selected, all notes in voices 1–4 are combined into voice 1.

    Note: Implode works best if the rhythms of selected underlying staves are similar to that of the top staff—the latter providing the rhythmic template for the operation.

    Apply implode to multiple staves

    1. Select a range of measures in a staff and extend this selection downwards to include the other staves to be imploded.
    2. Chose EditToolsImplode.

    The voice 1 notes of underlying staves are copied to the top staff in the selection.

    Apply implode to a single staff

    1. Select a range of measures in the desired staff.
    2. Chose EditToolsImplode.

    All selected notes in the staff are now displayed in voice 1.

    Fill with slashes

    This command fills the selection with slashes, one per beat:

    1. Select one or more measures;
    2. From the menu, select EditToolsFill With Slashes.

    If a measure is empty the slashes are added to voice 1, full-sized and centered on the middle line of the staff:

    Slash notation

    Notes: (1) If there are already notes in a measure in the selection, the command will put the slashes into the first available empty voice. (2) Voice 2 slashes are full-sized and centered on the middle line of the staff; voices 3 slashes appear small and above the staff; voice 4 slashes are small and below the staff. (3) If a measure contains notes in all 4 voices, voice 1 will be overwritten. (4) All slashes are set to not transpose or playback.

    Toggle rhythmic slash notation

    This command toggles selected notes between normal notes and rhythmic slash notation:

    1. Select a range of notes or measures (Note: use the selection filter if you need to exclude certain voices);
    2. From the menu, select EditToolsToggle Rhythmic Slash Notation.

    The selected noteheads are changed to slash noteheads which do not transpose or playback.

    Rhythmic slash notation

    Slash-notehead notes in voices one or two are fixed to the middle staff line; those in voices three or four are small ("accent" notation) and fixed above or below the staff:

    Accent notation

    In percussion staves, notes in voices 3 and 4 are not converted to small slashes but to small notes above or below the staff.

    Rhythmic slash - percussion

    Resequence rehearsal marks

    The Resequence Rehearsal Marks command allows you to re-order the numbering/lettering of rehearsal marks if, for any reason, they have got out of sequence. For details see Automatically resequence rehearsal marks.

    Copy lyrics to clipboard

    This command, available in MuseScore 2.0.3 and above, copies all the lyrics of the score to the clipboard:

    • From the menu, select EditToolsCopy Lyrics to Clipboard.

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