Add and Remove Meters

Meters define how many beats there are in each measure (the top number) and which note value gets the beat (the bottom number). For example, 4/4 means there are 4 beats to a measure and the quarter note gets the beat. When you add or remove meters, all measures on all staves are effected by the new meter.

Meters are always added to the beginning of a measure. When you view the music in Page View (vs. Track View) the meter is drawn at the left edge of each system - just as it should be when printed. The notation engine automatically handles correct display of meters on each system as well as "reminder meters" at the end of a system when a meter begins at the start of the next system.

Once a meter is added to your music you can edit its type, position and appearance.

To Add a Meter

Select the Meter tab in the Input Palette, then select one of the meters.

Move the cursor over the measure to which you want to add the meter. Notice that the cursor changes into a pointing finger and that each measure highlights as you move the cursor over it.

Click the mouse to add the meter at the beginning of the highlighted measure.

If a meter already exists in the measure, it will change to the one you have selected.

To Remove a Meter

Select the meter and press the Delete key.

Note: You cannot remove the first meter, you can only edit it.