Inputting arpeggio signs with the popover

You can input arpeggio signs using the ornaments popover, both during note input and by adding them to existing notes. You can also input arpeggio signs across notes in multiple voices and on different staves that belong to the same instrument, such as piano or harp.


You can only input one arpeggio sign at a time.


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

    • Select at least one note in each voice to which you want to add an arpeggio sign.

      • For instruments with multiple staves, such as piano and harp, you can select existing notes on multiple staves to create cross-staff arpeggio signs. However, you cannot create cross-staff arpeggio signs between different instruments.

      • Arpeggio signs are added to all notes in the selected voices at the selected rhythmic position.

  2. Optional: If you started note input, press Q to start chord input.

    You can only input arpeggio signs during chord input.

  3. Open the ornaments popover in any of the following ways:
    • Press Shift-O.

    • In the Notations toolbox, click Popovers Popovers button, then Ornaments Ornaments button.

  4. Enter the appropriate entry for the arpeggio sign you want into the popover.

    For example, enter arpup for an up arpeggio sign or arpdown for a down arpeggio sign.

  5. Press Return to close the popover.
  6. Optional: During chord input, input the notes you want.


During chord input, arpeggio signs are input at the caret position.

When adding arpeggio signs to existing notes, they are input to the left of the selected notes.

Arpeggio signs automatically span the pitch range of all notes at that rhythmic position in the current voice during chord input, and all notes in the selected voices/staves when adding arpeggio signs to existing notes.