Moving holds and pauses rhythmically

You can move holds and pauses to new rhythmic positions after they have been input.


  1. In Write mode, select the holds and pauses you want to move.

    When using the mouse, you can only move one hold or pause rhythmically at a time.

  2. Move the holds and pauses according to the current rhythmic grid resolution 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.

    • Click and drag the hold or pause to the right/left.


The selected holds and pauses are moved to new rhythmic positions on each staff where they appear, even if their position does not appear to move. For example, if one staff has a bar rest, the rhythmic position of the hold or pause moves, but the hold or pause still appears above the rest.


Only one type of hold or pause can exist at each rhythmic position. If a hold or pause passes over another hold or pause as part of its move, the existing hold or pause is deleted.

You can undo this action, but any holds and pauses deleted in the process are only restored if you moved the hold or pause using the keyboard.