Join Jenny Amaya for an in-depth discussion in this video Navigating through notes, bars, and pages, part of Sibelius 6 Essential Training.
Sibelius gives you several options for navigating through the score, from using the mouse and clicking and dragging to using quick keys to navigate note by note or page by page. In this video, I'll introduce you to all of the ways you can navigate through your score, so that you can find the option, or options, that work best for you. First, the most obvious way--using the mouse. You have probably already figured this out. You can simply click and drag anywhere blank on the page. What I mean by that is not on a staff, not on an object, but somewhere where the paper is white, if you click and hold the mouse button down, you can drag the page around.
Now, if you accidentally do click on an object and move it and you're not quite sure how to get it back, you can always use Command+Z or Ctrl+Z to undo. Another way to use the mouse to navigate is by using the Navigator window. Command+Option+N for navigator. That would be Ctrl+Alt+N on PC. The Navigator window gives you a zoomed-out version of your score down here in the bottom corner, showing you the pages. So if you wanted to jump somewhere quickly with your mouse, you could go to say page 3 here, click at the bottom of page 3, and there, it brings you right up to the bottom of page 3 on your screen.
You can also click and hold and drag through the navigator to get all the way back to page 1, or to the very end of your score if you'd like. Now what you are seeing here in the white area of the navigator is what you're seeing on the screen behind the navigator. Another way to use your mouse to get around the score is by using the scroll wheel on the mouse. If you scroll up, the score scrolls up, and if you scroll down with your mouse, then the page scrolls down. You have to be at an appropriate zoom level or this does not work.
You have to have a place to go. So those are the ways you can use the mouse. It's not always the best way to work, so let's look at some quick-key navigation. These are my favorite ways to navigate. First, page-by-page navigation using the Home and End keys in the navigation section of your computer keyboard. If I use the End key, the End button, it will move us through the score pretty much page by page. It does depend on your zoom level. So I am hitting End to move page by page here, and if you use the Home key, it will move you back to the beginning, page by page, till we get back to the very beginning. And the other two keys in the same area of your computer keyboard, the Page Up and the Page Down keys, those will work as well.
So if I use Page Down, we'll move down by little increments here, and Page Up will bring us back up to the top. Now going into a finer detail for navigation-- let's zoom in here on these notes a little bit-- we can get into note-by-note navigation. If you simply select a note, you can use the arrow keys in the navigation section of your keyboard to move right and left through the notes. So the right arrow moves you right through the notes, and the left arrow move you backwards, or left, through the notes. Avoid using the Up and Down keys, the up and down arrows, because that will actually change the pitch of your note, and if you do have an accidental on the note, if you move the note up, when you move it back down, you will be missing the accidental, so you will want to undo to get it back.
Even finer increments for navigation, you would use the Tab key. I am going to start here on this note, and instead of using the arrow keys, I am going to use Tab, and you'll notice a few things. It's going to go note by note until it gets to an object that's on the staff, and it's actually going to select that object. So not just note by note, but basically object by object, tab will move you to the right through the score. You can use Shift+Tab to move backwards. Two more ways that you can navigate through the score using quick keys is if you'd like to jump to a specific bar number or page number.
We call it going to a bar or going to a page because the quick key letter is G. And the quick key for that is Command+Option+G for going to a bar, and that would be Ctrl+Alt+G on PC. You can type in the bar number and when you hit Enter, Sibelius will jump you to that bar and select it for you. Similarly, if you would like to go to specific page number, you can use Command+Shift+G or Ctrl+Shift+G on PC, you can type in a page number, click Enter, and Sibelius will jump you to that page.
So I would recommend practicing all of the different ways to navigate through the score, but I would focus on learning the quick-key navigation. It might not come as naturally to you as dragging the paper around with the mouse, but in the long run, it will be a faster, easier way for you to work. So now that you know how to work comfortably with the Sibelius interface, in the next chapter, I'll teach you everything you need to know about selection.
- Navigating the Sibelius interface
- Setting essential preferences
- Controlling basic score playback
- Performing contiguous and non-contiguous selections
- Ensuring score readability and organization
- Creating a new score
- Adding time signatures and key signatures
- Entering notes, rests, accidentals, and chords
- Inputting notation with a MIDI keyboard
- Creating and extending slurs and phrase marks
- Saving time with quick key shortcuts
- Printing and exporting a completed project
- Sharing scores via the Scorch plug-in