Splitting multi-bar rests

You can manually split multi-bar rests without showing any extra notation in the music. Splitting multi-bar rests affects all layouts in the project, including full scores and parts.


Multi-bar rests are automatically split by items positioned within their range, such as system-attached text, rehearsal marks, and holds and pauses.


  • You have opened a layout in the music area that either has items in the bars where you want to split multi-bar rests or in which multi-bar rests are hidden. You cannot select rhythmic positions within multi-bar rests.

  • Graphic Editing Graphic Editing button is selected in the Engrave toolbox.


  1. In Engrave mode, select an item at the rhythmic position where you want to split multi-bar rests.
  2. Choose Engrave > Split Multi-bar Rest.


All multi-bar rests in all layouts are split at the selected position. A signpost is shown at the position of the multi-bar rest split.