I'm notating a piece with multiple verses. Some have multiple additional notes to accommodate additional syllables in different verses. Is there a  symbol I can add to the lyrics or a setting I can change to prevent VS from singing (making a sound) for an individual note without text ? ie making La-La silent in the absence of text.
Thanks in anticipation of an easy answer I have overlooked !
Usually, we type a space whenever there is no new syllable. HA will show it with a melisma (sort of underscore line) and VS will sing accordingly. For example, when I have two 1/8th on the staff, matching with 2 syllables in verse one, but only 1 syllable in verse 2, I put a slur between the two notes (with a dotted line, to indicate it may be optional, according to the lyrics) Usually, VS will sing two 1/8th notes on two syllables in verse 1, and one 1/4 note on one syllable in verse 2. I attach a small example to this post.
Bubu's suggestion is best for notes in the middle of the melody, where one would normally lengthen the syllable, but occasionally there will be an extra note at the beginning of a line or verse, where one would not want the previous syllable to carry over, and this seems to work.
Thanks for the replies BuBu and PaulL. I clearly didn't explain as well as I thought but Paul saw what I meant.
I'll try the [#] approach. I had already tried  but that didn't work.
The problem was sheet music which repeats for multiple verses with lyrics in each verse which contain different numbers of words/syllables. I notated it in serial fashion in the end so that each verse was unique ! This approach is not ideal for page count but works fine for audio purposes. Copy & Paste was a pain, the piece contained multiple time signature changes and these C&P operations don't always behave as expected.