Jenny Amaya explains the status bar below your score page, which displays information about your score and any selections that you make, as well as the page display buttons, for viewing the pages of your score on screen. She also covers Panorama View and the features associated with it.
- [Instructor] Below the score page at the bottom of the main score window is the status bar which consists of information readouts, page display buttons, and the zoom slider. If you click and select a bar and look at the bottom left-hand corner of your score window, the information readouts will give you information about your current selection such as the page number, bar number, staff name, the length of the selection, the type of selection, whether you're viewing transposing score or concert pitch, and sometimes even a chord analysis of selected notes.
Actually, if you want to see that in action, double click on a single notehead within a chord. Let's zoom in just a little bit here to see this. I'm going to double click right here on this note, and you'll see a list of the selected pitches as well as an analysis of the chord. On the bottom right-hand corner of your score window are the Page Display buttons. These offer you four ways to display your score's pages on the screen. The best way to see these page displays is to zoom out your score to about a 50% or less zoom.
So I'm going to use Command + Minus to about 50%, maybe even a little less. I'm going to move this page up a little bit here so you can see this. I'll zoom out just a little more, there we go. The first setting is Spreads Horizontally. This presents your score pages from left to right with sets of every two pages connected together so that the view is similar to opening a book or magazine. Next to that is Spreads Vertically. Let's move this into view so you can see it better.
This is the same concept with every two pages connected together, but the page sets are arranged vertically rather than from left to right. Single Pages Horizontally separates every page in your score with a small gap and presents them all individually from left to right. Similarly, Single Pages Vertically presents every page in your score individually from top to bottom with a small gap between them. It's entirely up to you what page display you continue to use.
I prefer Single Pages Horizontally, so I'm going to stick with that for the remainder of this course. The fifth page display button transforms your score into what Sibelius calls Panorama view. I'm going to zoom in just a little bit so you can see this better. Panorama view is a seamless page list linear view of your score. In Panorama view, your score is not bound to the dimensions of a page. It's a lot like a never ending manuscript paper that unfolds one bar after the other, from the beginning to the end of the score.
You never want to lay out or format your score while in Panorama view. It's best to use for creating, composing, and arranging. You'll want to switch to one of the page display views prior to printing. There's a special view option that's turned on automatically when you switch into Panorama view, called Bar Numbers, perhaps better known in the past as Staff Names and Bar Numbers. These are light blue-gray onscreen overlays that provide you with the number of every bar and view and the staff name and key signature of every staff and view.
If I zoom in a little bit, you'll be able to see this a little bit better. And as long as I'm zoomed in enough that my instrument names aren't showing on the left, then you'll be able to see these here in this sort of light blue-gray color. My bar numbers are at the top. You can toggle the Staff Names and Bar Numbers feature on and off yourself, if you go to View tab, Invisibles group, and check or uncheck Bar Numbers. And you can do this in any view that you'd like to work in in Sibelius.
You don't have to be in Panorama view to use this feature. You may also notice, while we're here in the View tab, that you can access all of the page display buttons that I just mentioned from right here in the Document View group of View tab as well.
- 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