As we saw the "Edit" menu applies actions on the selection.
The selection modes
You create the selection using the "Select" tool in the "Edit" tool
palette. The selection can be continuous
(by area) or discontinuous
The continuous selection is
defined by a start and end
time position. All symbols included in
this area were processed when performing a copy/paste/erase/add
operation, or any other operation related to the selection range.
For example, here is a continuous selection:
The two first chords are selected.
The discontinuous selection enables
to select symbols individually, for example two notes among the
four in a chord, all and only the rests in a bar, etc.
For example, here is a discontinuous selection:
Only two notes are selected
||Note : The discontinuous selection
is available from Melody Assistant 6.5 and Harmony Assistant 8.5.
To define a
discontinuous selection, switch to "Select" mode ("Edit
tools" palette) and click the symbols (notes or rests) while holding
Shift key down or right mouse button.
Creating a discontinuous
Symbol color changes: it is selected. Perform the same operation on
another symbol, you create a set of selected symbols.
Note the selected symbol color can be changed from the Global settings
panel, "Screen" panel.
If you click again
the symbol while Shift key is held down,or right
mouse button, it is
To deselect all the symbols, click anywhere in the score without
holding Shift key down.
To select a group
of symbols, click anywhere while holding Shift key down, and move the
mouse with button down. A rectangular area is drawn, and symbols
included in this area are selected. As for the individual selection,
this area selection toggles symbols from selected to deselected state.
in one click
Actions that can be applied to a
discontinuous selection are the same
as those applied to a regular selection range.
"Edit>Copy" copies selected symbols to the clipboard. You can then
paste them to another place, by clicking the required location to
define an insert point, then use "Edit>Paste"
"Edit>Erase" erase the selected symbols.
"Edit>Appearance>General" changes the appearance of the selected
"Edit>Pitch change" changes the pitch of the selected symbols
If you change the stem size of a selected symbol while holding Shift
key down, stem size for all selected symbol is changed at the same time.
If you move an accidental while holding Shift key down, all selected
accidentals are moved.
And so on...
Discontinuous selection enables to
move a group of symbols.
When dragging any symbol from a discontinuous selection, the whole set
of selected symbols is moved.
This move can be only vertical: you change all note pitches.
It can be horizontal: you move these notes to another time position in
score. This move can be performed within the same staff or to another
The note you selected to move the whole group is the "master note".
When the master note is in chord with another note of the score, the
"+" symbol appears. This means the group will be added to existing
notes to build chords, if possible.
Otherwise, the group will be inserted to the selected position and the
existing notes shifted.
Contrarily to copy/paste which preserves note pitches, moving a group
preserves the graphical appearance of the symbols on screen.
If you include several notes into a regular (continuous) selection
range, then click it with Shift key down, you change the regular
selection range into a discontinuous selection, and you can moves,
insert or add theses notes as explained above.
If an insertion point is present,
when a group of symbols is copied to
the clipboard, then pasted, the group is pasted at the insertion point
position. It is the usual behavior.
But, before pasting, if at least one symbol is selected through
discontinuous selection, the clipboard content is added to the existing symbols from
the time position of this symbol. In this case, the original note
pitches are preserved instead of their graphical appearance.
Discontinuous selection can be applied as well to standard or drum
staves, guitar tablatures and grid drum staves.