Inputting bars/beats with the popover

You can input bars/beats using the bars and barlines popover, both during note input and by adding them to or inserting them into existing music. For example, if you want to extend a cadenza in an open meter.


If you want to input bars, you have input a time signature.


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

    • Select an item at the rhythmic position where you want to add bars/beats. If you want to add bars/beats to a single staff, select an item that belongs to that staff only.

      Bars/Beats are added after selected barlines and before other selected items, including time signatures.

  2. Optional: If you want to input bars/beats onto multiple specific staves at once, extend the caret to those staves.
  3. Open the bars and barlines popover in any of the following ways:
    • Press Shift-B.

    • In the Notations toolbox, click Popovers Popovers button, then Bars and Barlines Bars and Barlines button.

  4. Enter the number of bars/beats you want to input.

    For example, enter 2 to input two bars or 2q to input two quarter note beats.

  5. Input the bars/beats and close the popover in one of the following ways:
    • To input bars/beats for all staves, press Return.

    • To input bars/beats only on the selected staff or staves across which the caret extends, press Alt/Opt-Return.


The number of bars or beats specified is input.

During note input, bars/beats are input from the caret position. If the caret is in the middle of the bar when inputting bars, sufficient beats are added to ensure that the final bar created has the correct number of beats. The caret position stays at its previous position so you can continue inputting music from the same position.

When you add bars/beats to existing music, they are added after selected barlines and before other selected items, including time signatures.


Another way to add bars is by choosing a note duration, such as a whole note when in a 4/4 time signature, and pressing Space repeatedly during note input.