Inputting grace notes

You input grace notes in the same ways as normal notes, and they can have any rhythmic note value, accidental, and articulation. You can only input grace notes during note input.


These steps describe inputting notes with the default preference of duration before pitch. However, you can also specify the pitch before duration instead.


  1. Select an item on the staff and at the rhythmic position where you want to input grace notes.
  2. Start note input in any of the following ways:
    • Press Shift-N.

    • In the Notes toolbox, click Start Note Input Start Note Input button.

  3. Start grace note input in any of the following ways:
    • Press /.

    • In the Notes toolbox, click Grace Notes .

  4. Press the number for the note duration you want. For example, press 5 for eighth grace notes.
  5. Optional: Switch between inputting slashed/unslashed grace notes in any of the following ways:
    • Press Opt-/.

    • In the Notes toolbox, click and hold Grace Notes , then click Unslashed Grace Notes or Slashed Grace Notes .

    Grace Notes in the Notes toolbox updates to indicate the current grace note type.

  6. Input the grace notes you want.

    There is no limit to the number of grace notes that can exist at the same rhythmic position.

  7. Press / or click Grace Notes again to stop grace note input and return to normal note input.


The pitches you enter are input as grace notes at the caret position.

  • You can also change the type of grace notes after they have been input.

  • Slashed and unslashed grace notes are handled differently in playback.