This video provides you with a description, demonstration, and purpose for using a purple system passage selection, including a discussion about deleting bars.
- [Instructor] Sibelius provides a type of selection, called a System Selection, that is most easily identified by its color, purple. The shortcut modifier that allows you to make system selections is Command on Mac or Control on Windows. You can use your mouse along with the shortcut modifier to create a System Selection. Press escape so that nothing is selected in your score. I'm actually going to zoom out a little so you can see this better on my screen, and press escape. Hold down the Command key on Mac, or the Control key on Windows, and then click on a bar within the staff lines but not on top of any objects.
Sibelius creates a purple System Selection that extends vertically across the entire system, similar to how you create Edit Selections of bars, systems, and staves. If you hold Control or Command, and double-click within a bar, Sibelius will make a purple System Selection for the entire length of the system. So I'm going to escape, hold Command, and instead of single clicking, I'm going to click twice and double-click, and I've selected that entire system. Additionally, if you hold Command or Control and triple-click in a bar, Sibelius will make that purple System Selection for the entire length of the score.
So, escape, hold Command or Control, an triple-click. Now, what we've essentially done here with our triple-click is we've selected all. You can get to the same exact selection if you use Command+A on Mac or Control+A on Windows. Or, you can go to the Home tab, and then make your way to the Select group and choose All. Let's go ahead and escape out of that selection and make a system passage selection of our pickup bar.
And I'm going to zoom in just a bit and scroll up a tiny bit. There we go. Now, as you can see, when you make a System Selection, you're selecting more objects than you would if you made a blue Edit Selection. Once again, Command or Control does more. A System Selection will include everything attached to the bar, including system objects such as time signatures, tempo indications, and in this case, titles, copyrights, and more. Let's contrast this by making a quick blue Edit Selection of the pickup bar so that you can see the difference.
I'm going to escape, just click inside the pickup bar, hole Shift and click at the bottom, and so now I've made a blue Edit Selection of that pickup bar, and you can see that my title and my composer and my tempo and things like that are not selected. Now, another way to make a System Selection is by making an Edit Selection first, and then changing it into a System Selection. So, if we make a blue selection here in the pickup bar, let's go ahead and change it into a purple system passage selection.
Go to the Home tab again, go to the Select group, and click on System Passage. You can also use the shortcut Shift+Option+A on Mac, or Shift+Alt+A on Windows. Your blue Edit Selection will turn into a purple System Passage Selection. You can also use the select bars feature to create a System Passage Selection as well. So let's escape so that nothing's selected in our score. Again, we'll go to the Home tab, and then to the Select group, and we're going to choose Bars.
Type in the bars that you'd like to select. I'm going to type from bar two to bar four. And this time, we're going to check the box to make this a System Selection, and click OK. So, Sibelius has made a System Selection of the chosen bars for us. Now, as you know, System Selections will select all of the objects that are attached to a bar, including any system objects or system textiles that would not normally be selected in a blue Edit Selection. System Selection allows you the opportunity to work with those additional objects to edit them, copy them, paste them, and to affect them in other ways.
But, you'll primarily use a System Passage Selection simply to delete bars, removing them and all of their contents from the score entirely. If you attempt to delete a bar using an Edit Selection, all you'll accomplish is deleting the contents of a bar. Let's give this a try. I'm going to escape, click, hold shift, click all the way down to the bottom, press delete or backspace, and no matter how many times you press delete or backspace, you cannot get rid of that bar.
I'm going to undo. This time, I'll escape, Command-click in the bar, and if you use delete or backspace, you'll actually be able to delete the bar. Now, there are actually three ways to delete a bar in Sibelius. We just completed the first way. Make a System Selection of a bar, you could even do multiple bars if you wanted to, and press delete and they go away. Another way to delete a bar is to just a select a bar, a simple one click will do, and then, with the bar selected, go to the Home tab, go to the Bars group, and choose delete.
Sibelius will actually make that purple System Selection for you, and it'll ask you if you'd like to delete the bar from the score. If you click Yes, the bar will be deleted. Finally, with a bar selected, again, a simple one click will do, you can use the shortcut Command+Delete on Mac, or Control+Backspace on Windows. It essentially does the exact same thing for you. It uses a System Passage Selection to select the bars and asks you if you want to delete the bar.
So, no matter how you choose to go about it, you'll always have to make a purple System Passage Selection first in order to delete a bar. Now, personally, I think Command or Control+click plus delete, is the quickest and easiest way to delete a bar, as it requires quite a few less steps.
- 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