Note tools popover

The note tools popover allows you to add notes above and below existing notes, and also transpose existing notes. It makes much of the functionality provided by the Add Notes Above or Below and Transpose dialogs accessible directly via the keyboard.

You can open the note tools popover in Write mode in any of the following ways when notes are selected, including during note input:

  • Press Shift-I.

  • In the Notations toolbox, click Popovers Popovers button, then Note Tools Note Tools button.

  • In the secondary toolbar, click Context Menu Context Menu button and choose Add Intervals.

The table contains examples of what you can enter into the note tools popover to transpose notes or add notes above/below existing notes.

Example action

Popover entry

Transpose notes upwards by a third.


Transpose notes downwards by a sixth.


Add notes a third above.

3 or 3rd

Add notes a fourth below.

-4 or -4th

Add multiple notes.


Separate notes with commas, not with spaces.

3,6 or -3,3,4

Add notes above and/or below all notes in selected chords.


Separate notes with commas, not with spaces.

3 all or -M2,m3 to all

Add notes only to the top notes in chords.

-3 top or dim5 top

Add notes only to the bottom notes in chords.

aug4 bottom or -2 bottom

Specify perfect interval.

p, per, or perf

Specify major interval.

M, maj, or major

Specify minor interval.

m, min, or minor

Specify diminished interval.

d, dim, or diminished

Specify augmented interval.

a, aug, or augmented

Specify diatonic interval.

diat or diatonic

Transpose notes by microtonal intervals.


The first number is the interval degree. The second number is the number of quarter tones.

t 3 8 qt

If you do not otherwise specify it, the interval is calculated by adding or transposing notes by the number of staff positions specified. For example, in C major, if the selected note is a D and you specify 3 to add a third above, the added note is an F. You can specify the quality of the interval by including it before the interval.

If the selected material already includes chords, notes are added above the top note in the chord, and added below the bottom note in the chord. You can add notes to all notes in selected chords by including all or to all at the end of your entry.

For microtonal transpositions, the first number is the interval degree, and the second number is the number of quarter tones. For example, if you have a C and you enter T 3 8 qt, it changes to an E.