Inputting notes in Insert mode

In Insert mode, you can input notes before existing notes in a single voice without overriding them. This allows you to push existing notes ahead at the same time as inputting new notes at their previous positions.

  • These steps describe inputting notes with the default preference of duration before pitch. However, you can also specify the pitch before duration instead.

  • You can only input chords in Insert mode when using a MIDI keyboard.


  1. In Write mode, start note input.
  2. Activate Insert mode in any of the following ways:
    • Press I.

    • In the Notes toolbox, click Insert .

    In Insert mode, the caret shows V and inverted V shapes at the top and bottom. Dotted lines are shown on staves affected by the Insert mode scope across which the caret does not already extend.

  3. Choose the appropriate Insert mode scope.
  4. Optional: If the Insert mode scope is set to Voice , press V until the voice you want is selected.
  5. Optional: If the Insert mode scope is set to Player or Voice and you want to input notes in Insert mode onto multiple staves at once, extend the caret to those staves.
  6. Input the notes you want.
  7. Optional: Press I or click Insert again to deactivate Insert mode and return to normal note input.
  8. Stop note input in any of the following ways:
    • Press Esc or Return.

    • In the Notes toolbox, click Start Note Input Start Note Input button.


Notes are inserted at the caret position or where you click without overwriting any existing notes at rhythmic positions after the caret. Instead, existing notes after the caret are pushed ahead to subsequent rhythmic positions.

The voices and staves affected by Insert mode depend on the Insert mode scope.