Hiding/Showing bar rests in additional voices

You can hide/show bar rests between notes or explicit rests in additional voices on a per-flow basis, for example, you might show bar rests in contrapuntal music to ensure each voice can be easily followed.


  1. Open Notation Options in any of the following ways:
    • Press Cmd-Shift-N.

    • In the toolbar, click Application Menu Application Menu button and choose Notation Options.

  2. In the Flows list, select the flows in which you want to hide/show bar rests in additional voices.

    By default, only the current flow is selected when you open the dialog. You can select other flows by clicking Select All in the action bar or by clicking and dragging across multiple flows.

  3. Click Rests in the category list.
  4. In the Rests in Additional Voices section, choose one of the following options for Bar rests in additional voices:
    • Show bar rests

    • Omit bar rests

  5. Optional: To show bar rests for each voice in empty bars, in the Rest Positioning section, choose Show every rest in each voice for Coincident rests of the same duration in opposing voices.
  6. Click Apply, then Close.


Bar rests are shown between notes and explicit rests in all voices in the selected flows when you choose Show bar rests, and hidden when you choose Omit bar rests.


Show bar rests does not automatically show bar rests in empty bars before the first note or explicit rest in additional voices. For additional voices that do not start in the first bar, you must input a bar rest in the first bar manually.