Inputting ornaments/trills with the popover

You can input ornaments, trills, and jazz ornaments using the ornaments popover, both during note input and by adding them to existing notes. When inputting trills, you can specify the trill interval, such as a minor third.


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

    • Select an item on the staff and at the rhythmic position where you want to input an ornament. If you want to input a trill with a specific duration, select items on the staff that span that duration.

  2. Optional: If you want to input ornaments onto multiple staves at once, extend the caret to those staves.
  3. Open the ornaments popover in any of the following ways:
    • Press Shift-O.

    • In the Notations toolbox, click Popovers Popovers button, then Ornaments Ornaments button.

  4. Enter the appropriate entry for the ornament you want into the popover.

    For example, enter tr m3 for a trill with a minor third interval or mor for a mordent.

  5. Press Return to close the popover.
  6. Optional: When inputting trills during note input, input a note or press Space to advance the caret and input the trill.


During note input, ornaments are input at the caret position. Trills last the duration of the rhythmic value of the note input at the caret position or the duration by which the caret advanced. Trills have a default interval of a second, either major or minor depending on the context. If you specified an interval for your trill, the interval applies only to the first note in the selection, but you can also change the interval partway through trills.

When adding ornaments to existing music, they are input at the rhythmic position of the earliest selected item. Trills are input at the rhythmic position of the earliest selected item, with an extender line across the rest of the selection.