Deleting bars/beats

You can delete whole bars and specific beats of music from your project completely by using the bars and barlines popover.


  1. In Write mode, select one of the following:
    • The first bar you want to delete, or the first note or rest in that bar.

    • An item at the rhythmic position from which you want to delete beats.

  2. Open the bars and barlines popover in any of the following ways:
    • Press Shift-B.

    • In the Notations toolbox, click Popovers Popovers button, then Bars and Barlines Bars and Barlines button.

  3. Enter (minus), followed by the number of bars or beats you want to delete into the popover.

    For example, enter –6 to delete six bars, meaning the bar you selected and the subsequent five bars, or -2q to delete two quarter note beats, starting from the selected rhythmic position.

  4. Press Return to close the popover.


The number of bars or beats specified is deleted. Just as when Insert mode is activated, music to the right of the selection moves up to fill in the gap.

  • Any signposts in the selection are also deleted.

  • Deleting some, but not all, beats from bars according to the prevailing time signature deletes the contents of those beats only. If you want to shorten a bar’s duration, such as at the end of flows that start with a pick-up bar, you must instead either input a time signature with the required number of beats then hide the time signature, or input a barline and delete any excess bars if necessary. You can also use the Global Adjustment of Current Bar Insert mode scope and delete notes/rests.