Inputting notes in Insert mode

In Insert mode, you can input notes before existing notes without overriding them. This allows you to push existing notes ahead at the same time as inputting new notes at their previous positions.


You cannot input chords in Insert mode.


  1. In Write mode, start note input.
  2. Optional: If you want to input notes in Insert mode onto multiple staves at once, extend the caret to those staves.
  3. Press the number on your computer keyboard that corresponds to the note value you want to input.

    For example, press 5 for eighth notes (quavers), 6 for quarter notes (crotchets), 7 for half notes (minims), and so on.

  4. Press I to activate Insert mode.

    In Insert mode, the caret shows V and inverted V shapes at the top and bottom.

  5. Input the pitches you want in any of the following ways:
    • Press the corresponding letters on your keyboard.

    • Click the staff at the rhythmic positions where you want to input notes.

      A shadow notehead appears when inputting with the mouse to indicate where the note will be input.

    • Play the notes on a MIDI keyboard.

  6. Optional: Press I again to deactivate Insert mode and return to normal note input.
  7. Press Esc or Return to stop note input.


Notes are inserted before existing notes at the caret position or where you click, without overriding any existing notes at rhythmic positions after the caret. Any existing notes after the caret are pushed ahead to subsequent rhythmic positions.