Inputting barlines with the popover

You can input barlines using the bars and barlines popover, both during note input and by adding them to existing music. You can also change the type of existing barlines.


If you want to input barlines onto specific staves only, you have input an independent time signature on those staves.


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

    • Select an item at the rhythmic position where you want to input a barline. If you want to input a barline on specific staves, select items that only belong to those staves.


      If you want to add repeat barlines at the start/end of a region simultaneously, select items that span the required duration.

  2. Optional: During note input, if you want to input notes and notations onto multiple staves, 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 barline you want into the popover.

    For example, enter || for a double barline, or |: for a start repeat barline.

  5. Input the barline and close the popover in one of the following ways:
    • To input a barline on all staves, press Return.

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


      You can only input barlines onto single staves that already have an independent time signature.


During note input, barlines are input at the caret position.

When you add barlines to existing music, they are added at the rhythmic position of the earliest selected item. If you selected an existing barline, the new barline directly replaces the existing one.

When you add start repeat barlines with a range of items selected, end repeat barlines are also added at the end of the selection.

Surrounding music automatically adjusts to accommodate the barline. For example, note grouping, rests, and tied notes all adjust if necessary. Inputting final barlines at the end of the last bar of flows can automatically trim the flow if there is no further music and depending on the time signature.


Normal barlines that you have input directly, such as to replace an existing double barline, are still considered explicit barlines and break multi-bar rests. Deleting barlines resets them completely.