Changing beam slants

You can change the slants, or angles, of individual beams.


  1. In Engrave mode, select the square handles on the beam corners of the beams whose slants you want to change.

    You can show handles on all items, not just selected items, by choosing Engrave > Show Handles > Always. This can make it easier to select individual handles on multiple items.

    You can also select the beams first, and then select the handles.

  2. Move the handles in any of the following ways:
    • Press Alt-Up Arrow to move them upwards.

    • Press Alt-Down Arrow to move them downwards.


      If you want to move handles by larger increments, you can press Ctrl/Cmd as well as the standard key command, for example, Ctrl/Cmd-Alt-Up Arrow.

    • Click and drag them upwards/downwards.

  3. Optional: Repeat steps 1 and 2 to move the other end of the selected beams.


The slants of the selected beams are changed

  • You can also use Beam direction in the Beaming group of the Properties panel to change the slant of beams. The property is available when you select noteheads within the beam group, and its options all ensure that beam ends are positioned correctly relative to staff lines.

  • You can set ideal beam slants for all beams project-wide on the Beams page in Engrave > Engraving Options.