At the top of our editor, you’ll see some icons that show you which notations are active on your current selection. This is called our “current notations panel,” and it looks like this:
In the above example, the selected note has an accent mark, a tempo marking and tremolo set — so those three notations appear in the current notations panel.
This panel is useful for two reasons:
You can click on the icons in the current notations panel to change the selected notes’ notations. Here, we click the accent icon to toggle the note’s accent marking:
Some of the editor functions are simple on-off toggles, as the above accent marking. Others are more complex and might ask you for more information — such as the chord diagram interface.
If you’ve selected multiple notes or rests, the icons in the current notations panel might be displayed with a dashed background. This happens if an icon’s notation only applies to part of your selection:
In the above example, a note and rest are selected, but only the note has an accent marking — so the accent marking icon has a dashed background.
If you’ve selected multiple notes and they all have an accent marketing, then the accent icon in the current notations panel will not have that dashed background. This is a subtle detail that helps you more clearly understand your notation as you edit it.