Mouse Mode Buttons: Select and Add

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Mouse Mode Buttons: Select and Add

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When you click here and there in the score, do you intend to select something that you want to edit, or do you want to add something new in the score? The way you indicate your intention is to choose Region Select Mode, Select Mode, Add Mode, or Step-Time Record. You can choose which mode using these buttons in Composer's toolbar:


Region Select Mode -- drag mouse to select a region for operations such as copy and paste

Select Mode -- mouse-click to select objects for editing.

Add Mode -- mouse-click to add objects.

Step-Time Record Mode -- mouse-click to determine the song location where notes and chords you enter via your music (MIDI) keyboard will be added.


Switching between Select Mode and Add Mode is such a common operation that Composer has reserved one of the most convenient keys on the keyboard (ENTER), and one of the most common mouse operations (Right Click), for this purpose.

prcarrow To switch between Add Mode and Select Mode:

B8Click the Select Mode ToolbarButtonSelectMode button or Add Mode ToolbarButtonAddMode button in the main toolbar.

-- OR --

B8Hit the ENTER key.

-- OR --

B8Right-click the mouse anywhere on the score.

In Select Mode, when you select one (or more) objects of the same type, Composer displays a palette that offers options for changing the properties of that object. For example, when you click the mouse on a clef in Select Mode, Composer displays the clef palette. You can use this palette to change the clef from, say, a treble to bass clef. For details, see Selecting One or More Objects Before Editing Them.

In Add Mode, you can navigate through palettes to determine the type of object you wish to add. Once you have chosen the type of object you wish to add from a palette, click the mouse where you want to add it. For details, see Adding Objects Using Palettes.

Use the Step-Time Record Mode to enter notes one at a time, or one chord at a time, from a music (MIDI) keyboard connected to your computer.

prcarrow To switch to Region Select Mode:

B8Click the Region Select Mode RegionSelectModeButton button in the main toolbar..

-- OR --

B8Double right-click the mouse anywhere on the score.

prcarrow To switch to Step-Time Record Mode:

B8Click the Step-Time Record ToolbarButtonStepTimeRecord button in the main toolbar.

-- OR --

B8Type CTRL+Enter.

For details about Step-Time Record Mode, see Recording in Step-Time.