Moving holds and pauses graphically

You can move holds and pauses graphically without changing the rhythmic positions to which they are attached. You can do this for the current layout and frame chain only or for all layouts and frame chains.


  • Graphic Editing is selected in the Engrave toolbox.

  • You have chosen the appropriate property scope for local properties.


  1. In Engrave mode, select the holds and pauses you want to move.
  2. Move the holds and pauses in any of the following ways:
    • Press Alt/Opt-Right Arrow to move them to the right.

    • Press Alt/Opt-Left Arrow to move them to the left.

    • Press Alt/Opt-Up Arrow to move them upwards.

    • Press Alt/Opt-Down Arrow to move them downwards.


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

    • Click and drag them in any direction.


The holds and pauses are moved to new graphical positions. If the property scope was set to Locally, this change only takes effect in the current layout and frame chain.


Start offset in the Holds and Pauses group of the Properties panel is activated automatically when you move fermatas and breath marks. You can use this property to move fermatas and breath marks by changing the values in the value fields. However, you cannot move caesuras using this property.

  • Offset X moves fermatas and breath marks horizontally.

  • Offset Y moves fermatas and breath marks vertically.

Deactivating the property resets the selected fermatas and breath marks to their default positions.