The Music Cursor

When you enter symbols into the Music Score, the Music Cursor provides you with visual feedback to help you position and place elements.

If you select a note in the Input Palette and move the mouse to enter a note in the score, for example, a light frame appears around each measure as the mouse moves through it. Above the measure is a Music Ruler which displays the beat marks in the measure. In addition to the measure feedback, the "note cursor" displays a dotted line and a small indicator box at an appropriate pitch value in the staff. These help you locate a precise time location and pitch where the note is to be added.

Cursors for other elements provide different feedback to help you place music symbols more easily. The table below gives a brief description of the different cursors and their behavior.



Note, Gracenote

When the mouse enters a measure, a light frame is drawn around the measure along with a Music Ruler indicating the beats and subdivisions in the measure.

A dotted vertical line appears at the current time location of the mouse in the measure -- the line snaps to the tick marks in the Music Ruler.

A small indicator box is also displayed at the current pitch location in the measure (with ledger lines if necessary).

The vertical line and indicator box allow you to precisely control where notes are inserted in the score.


Same as for notes, with the following addition:

When the mouse enters a measure, the tick marks displayed in the Music Ruler change to display the irregular tuplet divisions.


Same as for notes, except the pitch indicator box does not appear (since rests do not have a pitch).





Pointer changes to a "bulls-eye" when the cursor is over a note or chord; otherwise, the cursor is a standard cross cursor.

You can click and drag out a selection rectangle to select notes. When you release the mouse, new elements are added to the selected notes.



The mouse pointer appears as a cross. You click and drag a selection frame to select 2 or more adjacent notes. The selected notes are tied/slurred together when you release the mouse






A vertical line appears - just as for entering notes - for specifying the location of the symbol.

For tempos and dynamics that areUsed to specify constant values (e.g. mf, andante) the line indicates the location of the element.

For symbols that specify changing values (e.g. cresc., accel.), the dotted vertical line represents only one side of the symbol. After clicking the mouse once, another line appears for specifying the other end of the symbol. After both positions have been specified, the symbol is added.


Same as above with the following addition:

Clicking the cursor above the staff will add the text above the staff, below the staff will add the text below the staff. Clicking the cursor between the upper and lower staff of a grand staff will add the text between the upper and lower staff.


The cursor is a pointing hand. As the mouse moves over each measure, a dotted line appears to indicate where the clef will be added.



The cursor is a pointing hand. As the mouse moves over each measure, the measure highlights. If the mouse is released while over a highlighted measure, the symbol is added at the beginning of that measure.