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Disabling the editor

Sometimes you’ll be editing a slice and you’ll want to quickly view it in “read-only” mode. This is fast and easy to do — here’s how.

When editing a slice, you’ll see a dropdown menu that looks like this, at the top of the page:

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This lets you quickly toggle between edit mode and read-only mode. The options are:

  • Editing
  • Viewing

Differences between editing and viewing modes

The main difference between editing and viewing modes is that viewing mode doesn’t display the editor sidebar — giving more screen space to your notation. Some people like to hide the editor when entering syncpoints, for example.

Other differences are:

  • The playhead. In editing mode, clicking on a note will select it. In viewing mode, clicking on a note will move the playhead.
  • Dragging behavior. In editing mode, dragging across notes will select them. In viewing mode, dragging across notes will create a loop.
  • Transposition. In editing mode, slicewide transposition is disabled. In viewing mode, it’s enabled.
  • Treatment of empty staves. In editing mode, you’ll always see all staves, even if they’re empty. In viewing mode, we’ll hide empty staves (assuming you have “Hide empty staves” checked in the player settings).
  • Treatment of multiple voices. In editing mode, notes/rests outside your currently selected voice are rendered in light gray. In viewing mode, all voices are treated the same.
  • Treatment of rhythmically incomplete bars. In editing mode, rhythmically incomplete bars get red staff lines. In viewing mode, all staff lines are black.
  • Multi-bar rests. In editing mode, multi-bar rests are not collapsed if other bars also have a multi-bar rest. In viewing mode, multi-bar rests are collapsed to take up less space.
  • Lyric line breaks. In editing mode, lyric line breaks are visible with a special character in the notation. In viewing mode, these characters aren’t displayed.