´ Powerful Input Palette, Part 2: Lyrics, Text and Chords
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The Powerful Input Palette – Lyrics & Texts (Part 2)

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All set and ready to go for a second round?
Where’s…? How can I enter…? Where do I find…?

Here we are again. Ready to present to you the second part of our great cheat sheet. This post is all about the text that surrounds your music. You like singing? Here’s everything you need to know about notes and their lyrics.
You don’t like singing at all? Really? Come on… you’ve got to be kidding me! There’ll still be some helpful clues for your music in here for you, too 🙂

Text / Chords

Here’s a full package! All elements around the musical text are here. Let’s look at it step by step. The button “Title Text” at the far left allows you to complement or edit the score’s information. FORTE 8 comes with an updated dialogue. This is what it looks like:
To keep your print outs in order, add header or footer information to your score. This nice & comfortable feature also comes with FORTE 8. The button “Text” allows you to – guess what – enter text into your score. The next button, “Marker”, is bound to a certain time of your score. You could, for example, label performance directions or units of your score using “Marker”. Markers are also helpful for playback options (Check the “Go to” dialogue: you can select markers, rehearsal letters etc. as the starting point).
While we’re at it: Rehearsal letters and numbers are also in this tab, right between “Lyric” and the chord symbol. These elements are always set at the beginning of a measure. If you’d like to change that, mark the element and move it by pressing ctrl while using the arrow keys to navigate.

One really important and frequently asked subject: LYRICS!

Pick the type of your lyric (verse, chorus, block) right here and now. You can also decide the general location of the lyric (above, below, between the staves). Select & click the first note of your score that should be sung. Now you can type your text: A blank divides the syllables and assigns the syllable to the next note. If you type a hyphen (-) or an underscore (_), the syllable will continue for several notes.
If you want to add another verse, open the properties window of the lyric. Go to the tab “Text” and select the correct verse number.
If you right-click on the lyric, you can display the verse number or hide it again.
If you’re writing a lot of music for choirs or ensemble, you already know how to work with several voices. You also know that it’s important to adjust the spacing in the layout options accordingly for all parts and all lyrics. But did you know that you can assign different lyrics to each part? If you select the voice level in the main menu “Home”, you can add yet another lyric as a first verse. We’ve prepared a short video for you on lyrics:


Now about those chords…

If you click the chord symbol, another window will open. You can configure your chords here. The most common chords are under “Fast input”, for, well, faster input. Every other chord you want to write… you have all the components at hand.
You can also select the style of the chord you want displayed: Whether it’s just the name, just the chart or both. Look at the lower left corner: you can check those style boxes here.
We explained to you how to change the chord’s language here. This setting cannot be edited in the input palette. If you select Italian as the chords’ language, you can make use of the note name recognition for your shape notes. Please note: At the moment it’s not possible to set up chord charts of your own. If you prefer to write tablature, we’ve prepared a tutorial for you here.

The tab’s last symbol is most interesting for pianists:

Select the use of pedal for your score. You can also select several style for the pedal notation. Whatever you prefer. Wow! It’s really packed, this one, isn’t it?

So much for this big tab of the input palette.
In the next & last part, we’ll cover the last tabs, from “Key” to “Repeats”. How did you like this article?
We’re looking forward to your comments!


  1. Jerry - January 26, 2017 Reply

    Everything about version 8 is great! While there are more features, I am bothered by having to look around a lot to find how to do the things efficiently that I am used to doing smoothly and quickly as in way back in version 2! I write most of the time away from my instruments, and I write mostly on my laptop, I believe I asked this question before: In version, it is easy to move between note values on the notes palette by simply using the ARROW keys, I. e. , to move from a quarter not to a half note, use the LEFT ARROW key; to make the note sharp or flat, use the DOWN ARROW key; to change the value of the note use the UP ARROW key. This hasn’t been available (at least I haven’t seen a demonstration how to do) since version 2. So, this is my question: Is this no longer available or, what are the keystrokes to do this?
    Sincerely, FORTE is a great product, however, changing menus and keystrokes is counterproductive to me. May I suggest, please send a comparison chart for how things used to be done -to- how they are done with new versions. (Unless I missed it, my apology) Thanks

    • FORTE Team - January 27, 2017 Reply

      Dear Jerry,

      thank you for your comment.
      The arrow keys up and down shift the pitch of the note, one half-tone at a time.
      The arrow key left and right shift the position of the note within a measure (=layouting issue).
      If you want to change the duration of the note, please use the note’s properties window, tab “Performance”, then duration –> arrow head.

      Kind regards,
      FORTE Team

  2. Terry powell - January 26, 2017 Reply

    Opps…sure is par for the course but thanks for trying to get it right.

  3. Joyce Knake - January 27, 2017 Reply

    I am enjoying the program.. I wish I could go back and delete notes when needed. With the mouse. I guess I have to delete or add by the measure..

    • FORTE Team - January 27, 2017 Reply

      Dear Joyce,

      you can undo the last input using ctrl+z.
      If you mark a note (with the mouse!), click delete and the note is gone.

      Kind regards,
      FORTE Team

  4. Myra - January 27, 2017 Reply

    Please could you help me consolidate the music which I saved under Forte 5, Forte 6 and Forte 7? They are all in separate files although I was under the impression that they would resort under the update as it has downloaded.

    Also, I acquired Forte 8 last year, two days into the announcement, but when I want to open Forte 8, a message comes up to say that the offer has expired.

  5. Joyce Knake - February 11, 2017 Reply

    I have been having trouble with the system locking up on me and I have to shut it down. I try to save quite often so I don’t lose too much. Very dissapointing.

    • FORTE Team - February 13, 2017 Reply

      Dear Joyce,

      we’re sorry for this inconvenience.
      Please send any bugreport.dat to “bugreport@fortenotation.com”
      Thank you!
      Kind regards,
      FORTE Team

  6. Charlie - March 1, 2017 Reply

    As I have the free version I can only input 1 verse directly under the score, I have, therefore entered the 2nd and following verses in block mode. Unfortunately I don’t seem to be able to separate the verses with a blank line. Am I missing something?

    • FORTE Team - March 13, 2017 Reply

      Dear Charles,

      thank you for your question.
      If you’d like to reposition an element, please click on the element.
      It should turn red now that it’s marked.
      Press ctrl and keep ctrl pressed while using the arrow keys to reposition the element to the desired place.

      Kind regards,
      FORTE Team

  7. Lynette - March 20, 2017 Reply

    Does Forte 8 support diacritics in foreign languages yet? I have a great need for diacritics in Romanian.

    • FORTE Team - March 21, 2017 Reply

      Hi Lynette,

      thank you for your question.
      At the moment, FORTE does not support foreign diacritics.
      We’re planning on an update about that issue.
      I’m sorry I don’t have any more detailed information available right now.
      Let’s keep in touch, okay?

      Kind regards,
      FORTE Team

  8. Ayesha - October 27, 2017 Reply

    Thanks for the explanation on the lyrics feature here. Its really easy and thanks for the video.

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