Inputting bar repeats

You can input bar repeat regions when at least one bar before the region contains notes.


  1. In Write mode, on the staff where you want to input a bar repeat region, select items that span the required duration.

    You cannot input bar repeat regions in the first bar of a flow.

  2. Open the repeats popover in any of the following ways:
    • Press Shift-R.

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

  3. Enter the appropriate entry for the type of bar repeat region you want into the popover.

    For example, enter %2,4 to repeat the previous two bars, grouped in four.

  4. Press Return to close the popover.


A region of the selected duration is input, in which the specified type of bar repeat symbol is shown in the staff at the intervals specified.

  • You can also input bar repeat regions during note input; however, this inputs bar repeat regions from the bar containing the currently selected note. As bar repeats are mostly shown in empty bars, this is likely to produce unintended results.

  • You can also input one-bar repeat regions by clicking Create Bar Repeat Region in the Bar Repeats section of the Repeat Structures panel, or by choosing Write > Create Bar Repeat Region. You can assign a key command for this option on the Key Commands page in Preferences.

After Completing This Task

You can change how bar repeats are grouped.