Objects in the score—such as notes, measures, articulations etc.—can be selected in several ways: (1) one at a time, (2) as a continuous range, or (3) as a list.

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Selection is invariably used before applying commands such as delete, copy/cut and paste, transpose and so on.

Select a single object

Most score objects can be selected by simply clicking on them in Normal mode.

Select a single note

Note: Selecting a single note then copying and pasting it, will only copy and paste the pitch—not duration or other properties (such as stemless). To copy the entire note, including all properties, you need to hold down Shift—as for chord selection (below).

Select a chordSelect a single measureClick on a blank space within the measure.

Note: To select a range of consecutive measures, see Shift selection and Shift + click selection (below).

Select an overlapping element

To select an element from a group of overlapping elements:

Hold Ctrl and click until the desired element is selected.

Select a continuous range of objects

There are several ways to select a continuous range of notes, chords or measures etc.:

1. Shift + click selection

To select a range of notes or rests:

Click on the first note or rest in the range;Press and hold Shift, then click on the last desired note or rest.

Note: The final selected element can be in the same staff or in staffs above or below the initial note/rest. All selected elements will be enclosed in a blue rectangle, including associated lines and articulations (but not voltas). You can repeat the operation to extend the selected range as required.

Select chord symbols, lyrics etc. (as of version 3.5)

As of 4476mountvernon.com 3.5, the shift + click method has been refined to make it easier to select a continuous range of items such as chord symbols, lyrics etc. For example:

Click on the first chord symbol in the desired range.Shift + click on the last chord symbol in the range.

Result All chord symbols in that range are selected, and nothing else.

Select a range of measuresClick on a blank space in the first desired measure;Hold down Shift, then click on a space in the last measure of the desired range.

Note: As with selecting notes, the range can be extended vertically as well as horizontally.

2. Shift selectionThen choose one of the following options:To advance the selection one chord at a time to the right: Press Shift+→.To advance the selection one chord at a time to the left: Press Shift+←.To advance the selection one measure at a time to the right: Press Shift+Ctrl+→ (Mac: Shift+Cmd+→).To advance the selection one measure at a time to the left: Press Shift+Ctrl+← (Mac: Shift+Cmd+←).To advance the selection to the beginning of the line: Press Shift+Home (Mac: Shift+Fn+←).To advance the selection to the end of the line: Press Shift+End (Mac: Shift+Fn+→).To extend the selection to the beginning of the score: Press Shift+Ctrl+Home (Mac: Shift+Cmd+Fn+←).To extend the selection to the end of the score: Press Shift+Ctrl+End (Mac: Shift+Cmd+Fn+→).3. Drag selection

This method can be used to select notes or rests, or, independently, to select non-note symbols such as staccato dots, lyrics etc.:

Press and hold Shift, then drag the cursor across the desired range.4. Select All

This method selects the whole musical score including notes, rests and associated elements. Use one of the following options:

Press Ctrl+A (Mac: Cmd+A).From the menu bar, select Edit → Select All.5. Select section

This method is used to select a section—a region of the score starting and/or ending with a section break:

Click on an empty space in a measure in the section;From the menu bar, select Edit → Select Section.6. Selection Filter

The Selection Filter allows you include or exclude certain types of elements within a range selection. See Copy and paste: Selection filter

Select a list of objects

To select a list (or discontinuous range) of score elements:

Click on the first element;Hold down Ctrl (Mac: Cmd) and successively click on the desired additional elements.

Note: This method cannot be used to select measures. Use single or range selection instead.

Modify an existing selection (as of version 3.5)

You can also use the Ctrl + click method to add to, or subtract from, an existing selection. For example:

Make a selection in the score using any of the methods above.To add a non-selected element to the selection, press Ctrl and click on it. Repeat as required.To remove an already-selected element from the selection, press Ctrl and click on it. Repeat as required.

Select all similar

To select all elements of a specific type (e.g., all barlines, all text elements, all staccato markings):

Click on the first object of the type of element you want to match. Then shift-click the last similar element you want included. This creates a List Selection that includes the clicked element, the shift-clicked element and all similar elements in-between. NOTE: If you shift-click on a dissimilar element then only that element becomes selected. If you use this technique on notes or rests you"ll invoke a Range Selection.

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Right-click on the type of element you want to match and choose Select… from the contextual menu;Several options will appear in the submenu:All Similar Elements To select all similar elements in the entire score: Right click the element; then choose Select … All Similar ElementsAll Similar Elements in Same Staff To select all similar elements within a particular staff: Right click the element; then choose Select … All Similar Elements in Same StaffAll Similar Elements in Range Selection: NOTE: This only applies if a range has been selected. Within an established range selection, right-click the element you want to match similarly; then choose All Similar Elements in Range SelectionMore...

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: opens a dialog that lets you fine-tune more options. For example, if you have a notehead selected, the dialog will look something like this:

Dialog: Select / More... SelectSame pitch: Only noteheads of the same pitch will be selected;Same string: (tablature only) selects fretmarks on same string.Same duration: Only noteheads of same duration will be selected;Same note name: Noteheads of that name in all octaves will be selected;Same staff: Only noteheads on the same staff will be selected.Same voice: Selects all notes of same voice.In selection:Same system:ActionReplace selection: The default option—starts the selection from scratch;Add to selection: Keeps everything you have already selected, and adds the current selection to it;Search in selection:Subtract from selection: Keep everything you have already selected, but takes away the current selection.

What selections are useful for

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