Inputting bars/beats with the popover

You can input bars/beats using the bars and barlines popover, both during step input and by adding them to or inserting them into existing music.


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

    • Select an existing barline after which you want to add bars/beats.

    • Select an existing item before which you want to add bars/beats.

  2. Press Shift-B to open the bars and barlines popover.
  3. Enter the number of bars/beats you want to input.

    For example, enter 2 to input two bars or 2q to input two quarter note beats.

  4. Press Return to close the popover.


The number of bars or beats specified is input.

During step input, bars/beats are input from the caret position. If the caret is in the middle of the bar when inputting bars, sufficient beats are added to ensure that the final bar created has the correct number of beats. The caret position stays at its previous position so you can continue inputting music from the same position.

When you add bars/beats to existing music, they are added after a selected barline and before a selected item, including time signatures.


Another way to add bars is by choosing a note value, such as a whole note when in a 4/4 time signature, and pressing Space repeatedly during step input.