Selecting note/rest durations

You can select different durations for notes/rests either from the Notes panel or by using one of the assigned key commands, both during note input and for existing notes/rests.


  1. Optional: If you want to select a note duration not shown in the Notes panel, click the Show/Hide All Notes disclosure arrows at the top and bottom of the notes list to show more note durations.
  2. Select a note/rest duration in any of the following ways:
    • Press the number on your computer keyboard that corresponds to the duration you want.

      For example, press 6 for quarter notes (crotchets). Press smaller numbers for smaller durations, such as 5 for eighth notes (quavers) or 4 for 16th notes (semiquavers). Press larger numbers for larger durations, such as 7 for half notes (minims).

    • In the Notes panel, click the duration you want.

  3. Optional: Add rhythm dots to the duration in one of the following ways:
    • For a single rhythm dot, press ..

    • For multiple rhythm dots, press Alt/Opt-. as many times as required. You can specify up to four rhythm dots.