Inputting octave lines with the popover

You can input octave lines using the clefs and octave lines popover, both during step input and by adding them to existing music.


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

    • Select the notes to which you want to add an octave line.

  2. Press Shift-C to open the clefs and octave lines popover.
  3. Enter the appropriate entry for the octave line you want into the popover.

    For example, enter 8va for an octave line that shifts notes up one octave.

  4. Press Return to close the popover.
  5. Optional: During step input, press Space to advance the caret and extend the octave line.

    The octave line also extends automatically as you continue inputting notes.

  6. Optional: During step input, stop any octave line by opening the clefs and octave lines popover again and entering one of the following:
    • |

    • stop


During step input, octave lines are input from the caret position. When you stop octave lines, they end at the caret position.

When you add octave lines to existing notes, they are added either above or below your selection, depending on whether the octave line indicates that notes are played higher or lower than notated.


You can also lengthen/shorten octave lines after they have been input.