About Entry Modes

When you write a piece of music by hand, you might Use a pencil to create notes and other symbols on a piece of manuscript paper. When you want to change something you choose what notes to erase and then rewrite them. In other words, depending on what you're doing, you use a pencil, eraser or maybe even a new sheet of paper.

On a computer the mouse and keyboard take the place of a pencil and eraser, and the virtual surface in each view serves as your paper. There is only one mouse available for pointing and clicking in the views, so the program Uses the notion of entry modes to further inform the computer of your intentions.

In some cases, when you click the mouse you really want to select a note so that you can move, edit or delete it, In other cases, you really want to add new notes to the music when you click the mouse.

Entry modes inform the computer what you are doing so it knows when to add new notes and when to select notes for editing or deletion.

Two main entry modes are Used: Select Mode, Insert Mode. Whether you know it or not, the program is always "in" one of these two modes.

You will find another mode Camera Mode which is located in the main tab "Export". In this mode you can export your score as a High Resolution Graphic.

  To Change Modes

  Select one of the mode buttons in the main tab "Home":

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  Press CTRL+1, CTRL+2, or CTRL+4 on the keyboard to switch to Select, Insert or Camera, respectively.

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  As you use the mouse in different locations in the program, the entry mode might change according to what you select.

When you select a symbol in the Input Palette, for example, the program changes to Insert Mode under the assumption that you are now about to insert the selected symbol in the music.