Inputting barlines with the popover

You can input barlines using the bars and barlines popover, both during note input and by adding them to existing music. You can also change the type of existing barlines.


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


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

    • Select an item at the rhythmic position where you want to input a barline. If you want to input a barline on a single staff, select an item that belongs to that staff only.

  2. Optional: If you want to input barlines onto multiple specific staves at once, extend the caret to those staves.
  3. Press Shift-B to open the bars and barlines popover.
  4. Enter the barline you want into the popover.

    For example, enter || for a double barline.

  5. Input the barline and close the popover in one of the following ways:
    • To input a barline on all staves, press Return.

    • To input a barline only on the selected staff or staves across which the caret extends, press Alt/Opt-Return.


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


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

When you add barlines to existing music, they are added at the rhythmic position of the earliest selected item. They appear to the right of clefs and to the left of other items. If you selected an existing barline, the new barline directly replaces the existing one.

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


Normal barlines that you have input directly, such as to replace an existing double barline, are still considered explicit barlines and break multi-bar rests. Deleting barlines resets them completely.