Moving Barlines Within a System

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Moving Barlines Within a System

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In general, Composer does a good job of horizontally spacing measures, and systems with measures, to evenly distribute space according to standard music engraving practices. There may be reasons, however, that you will want to override Composer's default horizontal spacing.

You can move a barline within a system to add more horizontal spacing to the measure on one side, and less horizontal spacing on the other side. For example, if one measure is too horizontally crowded, compared to other measures on the same system, you can move its left barline to the left, or its right barline to the right. This may, in turn, crowd the adjacent measure. So you may need to move the opposite barline of the adjacent measure to evenly space the system.

prcarrow To move a barline:

This procedure is quite analogous to the procedure for Moving a Measure to the Previous System. See that topic for more details.

1.Navigate to the Page Layout palette.

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Type SHIFT+P. If this takes you to the Page Text Palette instead, type SHIFT+P a second time to go to the Page Layout Palette.

Composer will display the score in Page Layout View.

2.Click the Move Barlines and Staves PageLayoutSpringsButton button in the Page Layout Palette.

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If you are not already in Select Mode, click the moving_barlines_within_a1 button in the main toolbar.

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hit the ENTER key.

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Right-click the mouse anywhere on the page.

3.Click the red box handle on the barline you want to move. Keep the left mouse button down.

The color of the handle and the barline will be highlighted as blue, to show that you have selected the barline.


4.While holding down the left mouse button, drag the barline to the left or right with the mouse. Then release the mouse button.

The barline's handle will be filled solid red to indicate that the barline has been moved from its default position:



prcarrow To restore a barline to its default horizontal position:

1.Enter Page Layout view, as above.
2.Enter Select Mode by clicking the Select Mode moving_barlines_within_a2 button in the main toolbar, or by hitting the ENTER key, by right-clicking the mouse anywhere on the page.
3.Select the barline's solid handle by clicking it.

The barline and the handle will be highlighted in blue to indicate the selection:


4.Hit the DEL key.

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Click the Default PageLayoutDefaultButton button.

This restores the barline to its default position.