Moving notes rhythmically

You can move notes, including grace notes, to different rhythmic positions along staves after they have been input.


Although these steps can apply to tuplet notes, their behavior depends on whether or not you have selected their tuplet brackets or tuplet numbers/ratios. We recommend following the dedicated steps for moving tuplets.


  1. In Write mode, select the notes you want to move.
  2. Move the selected notes according to the current rhythmic grid resolution in any of the following ways:
    • Press Alt/Opt-Right Arrow to move them to the right.

    • Press Alt/Opt-Left Arrow to move them to the left.


The selected notes are moved to new rhythmic positions. If you selected multiple notes, they are moved together as a block.

Notes are automatically positioned according to their rhythmic duration and position relative to other notes.


If Chords is not activated and any of your selected notes collide with other notes in the same staff and at the same rhythmic position that are in the same voice as your selected notes, the existing notes are deleted and replaced with your selected notes.

You can undo moving notes immediately, which restores any notes deleted in the process.