Inputting cues using cue suggestions

You can use the Suggest Cues section of the Cues panel in Write mode to find suitable places to input cues. You can then input cues using the cues popover.


  1. In Write mode, open the layout in the music area in which you want to find suitable locations for cues.

    For example, suitable locations for cues are suggested for all instruments when the full score layout is open in the music area, but only suitable locations for individual instruments are suggested when a single part layout is open.

  2. In the Notations toolbox, click Panels , then Cues to show the Cues panel.
  3. In the Suggest Cues section, specify the resting period after which you want to input cues by changing the value for Resting for.
  4. Choose one of the following options for Rehearsal marks:
    • Consider

    • Ignore

  5. Choose one of the following options for Cues:
    • Consider

    • Ignore

  6. Click Update.
  7. Optional: To check the context of the cue suggestion, click a row in the cue suggestions table to navigate directly to that position in the layout.

    Cue suggestions are highlighted for the equivalent rhythmic duration of 5-10 seconds. You can choose not to see highlighted areas by deactivating Highlight suggestions.

  8. On the staff where you want to input a cue, select items that span the duration in which you want to show a cue.
  9. Open the cues popover in any of the following ways:
    • Press Shift-U.

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

  10. In the popover, start entering the name of the instrument whose music you want to show in the cue.

    The candidate instrument menu appears below the popover. You can use the Playing instruments list in the Cues panel to help select an appropriate source instrument for your cue.

  11. Select the instrument whose music you want to show in the cue from the candidate instrument menu.
    • If you do not enter the name of an instrument that exists in your project, no cue is created.

    • If you enter the full name of an instrument into the popover yourself, you must press Return twice to input a cue using that instrument.

    • If multiple instruments of the same type exist in your project, music from the first player is input as the cue if you do not specify the number you want. For example, if you have Violin I and Violin II in your project and enter violin into the cues popover, music from the Violin I staff is shown in the cue.


A cue is input in the selected staff, showing the music of the instrument selected in the cues popover.

If you are inputting cues in a full score layout in page view, the cue appears as a signpost by default, showing the name of the source instrument. This is because cues are hidden in full score layouts and shown in part layouts by default, but you can choose to hide/show cues in any layout.