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Ossia Measure Designer dialog box

How to get there

  1. Choose Window > Advanced Tools. Click the Ossia tool  image\Ossia_Tool.gif.
  2. If you’re in Page View, double-click the location on the page to which you want to attach the "floating measure."
  3. If you’re in Scroll View, click the measure to which you want it attached (or click again if there’s already a floating measure attached to it).
  4. To edit an existing floating measure, double-click its handle.

What it does

An "ossia" measure is a floating measure, unattached to the score itself, that you can place anywhere in the score (for use as an explication of a trill, for example). The contents of such a measure are created and edited in an actual measure, called the "source measure," which you can later hide. This dialog box lets you specify the source measure on which you’re basing the floating one, as well as several visual aspects of the floating measure.

There are two kinds of ossia measures. A measure-assigned ossia measure, which you create in Scroll View or Page View, remains attached to its measure in the score, even if that measure’s position in the score changes. A page-assigned ossia measure, which you create in Page View, remains fixed to a given place on the page, regardless of any repositioning of the music around it.

To specify a bracket for a floating measure, click Select; the Bracket dialog box appears, in which you can select a bracket and specify its positioning. See Bracket dialog box.

A positive Left Margin value moves the left barline to the right (making the measure narrower), and a positive Right Offset value moves the right barline to the right (making the measure wider).

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