Inputting barlines with the panel

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


These steps describe inputting with the default mouse input preference Create item at selection.


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. In the Notations toolbox, click Bars and Barlines to show the Bars and Barlines panel.
  3. Input the barline you want in one of the following ways:
    • To input a barline on all staves, click it in the Create Barline section.

    • To input a barline on the selected staff only, Alt/Opt-click it in the Create Barline section.


      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.