Inputting holds and pauses with the popover

You can input holds and pauses using the holds and pauses popover, both during note input and by adding them to existing music.


  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 hold or pause. If you want to input a breath mark on a specific staff, select an item that belongs to that staff only.


      You can only input one hold or pause at a time.

  2. Optional: If you want to input breath marks onto multiple staves at once, extend the caret to those staves.
  3. Open the holds and pauses popover in any of the following ways:
    • Press Shift-H.

    • In the Notations toolbox, click Popovers Popovers button, then Holds and Pauses Holds and Pauses button.

  4. Enter the hold or pause you want into the popover.

    For example, enter fermata for a pause or caesura for a caesura.

  5. Press Return to close the popover.


During note input, the specified hold or pause is input at the caret position. When adding holds or pauses to existing music, they are input at the rhythmic position of the earliest selected item.

  • Fermatas appear on all staves at the rhythmic position of the note, chord, or rest that corresponds with the end of the fermata.

  • Breath marks appear to the right of the caret or selected note.

  • Caesuras appear on all staves to the left of the caret or selected note.