Inputting barlines with the panel

You can input barlines using the Bars and Barlines panel, both during step input and by adding them to existing music. You can also change the type of existing barlines.


These steps describe inputting with the default mouse input preference Create item at selection.


If you want to input barlines onto single staves only, you have input an independent key signature on those staves.


  1. In Write mode, do one of the following:
    • Start note input.

    • Select an existing note or rest immediately to the right of where you want to input a barline.

  2. In the Notations toolbox, click Bars and Barlines to show the Bars and Barlines panel.
  3. Input the barline you want in one of the following ways:
    • To input a barline on all staves, click it in the Bars and Barlines panel.

    • To input a barline on the selected staff only, Alt-click it in the Bars and Barlines panel.


      You can only input barlines onto single staves that already have an independent time signature.


During step input, barlines are input at the caret position.

When you add barlines to existing music, they are added immediately to the left of a selected note or rest.

When you change existing barlines, the new barline directly replaces the selected barline.

Surrounding music automatically adjusts to accommodate the barline. For example, note grouping, rests, and tied notes all adjust if necessary.