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The editor sidebar

Our editor’s sidebar, which appears to the left of your notation, is the main place you’ll find all the ways of making edits to your music.

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At the top of the sidebar, you’ll find our powerful search feature. See here for more info.

Below the search, you’ll see many icons. Each one of these lets you set a certain type of notation on your selection.

Navigating through sidebar panels

The leftmost column of icons in the sidebar lets you switch between panels:

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Each panel has a theme. We’ve organized things in a way that we hope is intuitive and helpful. The panels are:

  • Note basics
  • Bar
  • Notations
  • Repeats
  • Tablature
  • Dynamics
  • Performance
  • Text
  • Engraving

Icon colors

The sidebar icons react to whatever notes/rests you’ve selected, helping you understand what is and isn’t currently possible to notate.

For example, here we’ve selected a single note. The “Toggle arpeggio upward” and “Toggle arpeggio downward” icons appear in lighter gray, because those notations aren’t possible on the current selection:

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Given that the note is performed by itself — i.e., it’s not a chord — it wouldn’t make sense to arpeggiate it.

Similarly, if you’ve selected multiple notes and they use different notations, then the sidebar icons might have a dashed background. This tells you that, among your selected notes, the notation applies to some, but not all of the selection:

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In the above example, two notes are selected but only one of them has a down-bow marking — so the down-bow icon has a dashed background.