Inputting tempo marks with the panel

You can input tempo marks using the Tempo panel, both during step input and by adding them to existing music.


These steps describe inputting with the default mouse input preference Create item at selection.


  1. In Write mode, do one of the following:
    • Start note input.

    • Select a barline, notehead, or rest at the rhythmic position where you want to add a tempo mark.

    • Select multiple items that span the duration across which you want to add a gradual tempo change.

  2. In the Notations toolbox, click Tempo to show the Tempo panel.
  3. In the Tempo panel, click the tempo mark you want.
  4. Optional: Select a modifier from the available options.

    You can only add modifiers to a Gradual Tempo Change or a Relative Tempo Change.


During step input, tempo marks are input at the caret position. Gradual tempo changes, such as rallentando, are also input at the caret position but do not extend as you input notes, and are input with a default duration of a quarter note.

When adding tempo marks to existing music, they are added at the rhythmic position of the selected barline, notehead, or rest. Gradual tempo changes span the duration of the selected items.

After Completing This Task

You can lengthen/shorten gradual tempo changes.