Below the Sibelius ribbon is the Document Tab bar, where you can open tabs that contain your full score and dynamic parts. In this video, Jenny Amaya shows you how to use and navigate through the Document Tab bar, how to open dynamic parts, and how to work efficiently between the score and its parts.
- [Instructor] The document tab bar is the horizontal bar located just below the ribbon contents. Document tabs can contain the full score, individual dynamic parts from the score, or different versions of the score, but only if the versions feature is turned on. We've turned it off in preferences for this course. Document tabs cannot contain different scores. When you open a new score, it will always appear in its own top level window, never as a document tab inside another score's window. To open a part from the score into a document tab, click on the open new tab button, the plus sign on the right hand side of the document tab bar.
This reveals a list of all of the parts in your score. It would also reveal a list of different versions of your score if the versions feature were turned on. Click on a part in the list that appears and the part will open in its own tab. You can also open a scores part by selecting its staff in the score and pressing the letter W. I'm going to go back here to the full score, click on the electric guitar part, and press W. Think of the term working to remember this W shortcut, because if you continue to press W, it alternates you between working in a part and working in the full score.
You can maneuver through the existing document tabs in a variety of ways. First, obviously by clicking on them with your mouse. You can also use this shortcut, control tab and control shift tab to move right or left through the available tabs. And this shortcut is the same on Mac as it is on Windows. And that is shift doing the opposite for us again, moving us back to the left. You can also click on the switch tab button, the button to the right of the open new tab button.
This gives us a list of open tabs and then you can choose one from this list to make it the active tab. To close a tab, you can click on its close tab button. This will be on the left side of the tab on Mac or on the right side of the tab on Windows. With a tab in focus, you can also use the shortcut command W on Mac or control W on Windows to close and open our active tab. To close all tabs and the entire document window, you can of course use the main close window button in the title bar, or use the shortcut command shift W on Mac or control shift W on Windows.
This closes your Sibelius score file entirely and should reveal the quick start window again. Let's reopen our score and take a deeper look now at the dynamic parts. From the recent tab, I'm going to double click on our score. In Sibelius, a score's parts are intelligently linked to the score. Any changes you make to a part that you would normally want to have updated in the score, such as changing a note's pitch, will automatically update in the score. So if I select the trumpet part here and click W to bring up its part, I'm going to zoom in just a little bit for you.
If I change this A flat in bar four of the trumpet and just grab it and drag it all the way up here into the stratosphere, you'll notice if I press W to go back to the score, that the note will have adjusted in the score as well. Now since Sibelius version 8.2, adjusting in harmonic in a part will not affect the note in the score. So let's take a look at our electric guitar part. I'm going to select it here and press W and zoom in just a little bit. The first note is a G flat.
If I select the G flat, press return or enter, change it to a F sharp and then W to go back to the full score, you'll notice in the full score that it's still a G flat. Now likewise, any changes you make to a part that you would not want to have updated in the score, such as adjusting the part's layout, will not update in the score. So if I go back to the electric guitar part using W, going to zoom out just a little here, and if I select a bar line and press enter to give this a system break, notice I have just this one bar and my pickup bar in my first system of the electric guitar.
If I go back to the score and zoom out just a little for you you'll notice that that layout did not affect my score. Now strangely, any part that is open in a document tab can also be opened in its own top level window by focusing on the tab. You're going to select it so that it's the active tab. Let's use the trumpet here. Then we're going to choose the new window option from the open new tab list, so back to that little plus sign and choose new window. And now our trumpet has its own top level window.
If you open a dynamic part in its own top level window, it will have its own entry in the Mac stock or in the Windows task bar, however, the part will still be linked to the score and saved within the score's file. It's hard to comprehend, but the part is not existing as its own separate file. In fact, if you select the staff in this part and hit W, you'll get back to its full score. Now at this point we have two windows open for the same score. There's the same score in the background, and I can choose to close either of these windows.
Let's close the first window, and the score is still open here. You can see it's still named 02_03. One more interesting thing about these document tabs. If you close your score and reopen it, Sibelius will remember the tabs that you had open when you close the score. So I'm going to go ahead and do a quick save as. We'll call this 02_03b and save.
And if I close this file, and then if I reopen it, Sibelius remembers the open tabs. This is a default preference located in the files page of preferences called restore saved window sizes and positions. If you make your way to preferences and then the files page, this is the default setting right here. I'm going to leave this preference selected for the remainder of this course, but I suppose if you don't want Sibelius to remember such things, you're welcome to turn this preference off.
- Installing and launching Sibelius
- Opening and closing a score
- Navigating through the score
- Using important single-key shortcuts
- Marking and coloring a score
- Playing and replaying a score
- Editing selections and deleting staves
- Creating a new score and inputting score objects
- Editing during and after note input
- Editing pitches and rhythms
- Working with text styles
- Finishing and printing a score