Keeping the Grid Square

When you add staves and measures, you are in fact adding rows and columns to the music grid. When you add a staff, a new row is inserted and filled with the same number of measures as other staves. When you add a measure, a new column is added -- this corresponds to a new measure for each staff.

For notational and organizational purposes, it is desirable -- and often necessary -- to keep the number of columns in the music grid consistent from row to row. In other words, every staff must have the same number of measures.

Usually you won't even notice what's going on behind the scenes when you add measures or staves. If you are viewing the Music Score in Page View, however, it may not be possible to display all the music on a page with the current display options. If this is the case, you are prompted with a "too-many-staves" dialog for you to adjust the display properties (using a layout) so that all of the music fits.

Note: If you are in the early stages of your composition, it may beUseful to work in Track View until you're ready to print your music. This is because you may be adding and removing staves and measures frequently - you can avoid the "too-many-staves" dialog by working in Track View.