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Document Options-Beams dialog box

How to get there

Choose Document > Document Options and select Beams.

What it does

This dialog box allows you to customize the beaming for your document. You can set the degree of flat beams by using the Beaming Style setting. Specify how you prefer your eighth notes beamed in common time. Improve the look of beams over rests, and disallow beams to cross the space in a staff. To select the default measurement units, click on the Edit menu, then Measurement Units, then select the desired units.


The Maximum Distance from Middle Staff Line setting specifies the maximum distance a beam may be from the middle line of the staff. It’s calculated based on the note that’s farthest from the middle line.

There are a number of variables governing the angle of beams and the length of stem lines (such as Max Slope). Therefore, if you change the default value for this parameter, you may not see any immediate changes in the score.


See Also:


Staff Attributes dialog box

Patterson Beams and Flat Beams plug-in

Time Signature Tool

Document menu/Document Options



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