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Use this tool to create floating measures—one-bar alternative passages that you can place anywhere in the score. Such a measure might provide an explanation of a trill, propose a cadenza, or suggest an easier alternative to the real measure.

Such a measure can be dragged freely around the page. These “ossia” measures don’t play back; they’re purely graphic.

A measure-assigned ossia measure 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 spot on the page, regardless of any repositioning of the music around it.

For information regarding page-attached ossia measures in linked parts, see Page-attached Ossia measures in linked parts.


Note. Positioning values are always in the unit of measurement chosen under the Edit menu. To choose a measurement unit, from the Edit menu, choose Measurement Units.


See Ossia for full instructions.



Contextual menus are reached by right-clicking on the handle of an object. A contextual menu will be displayed where you can select various items.


Menu item

What it does

Edit Ossia Assignment

Display the Page Assignment for Ossia dialog box or the Measure Assignment for Ossia dialog (depending on the Ossia Measure)

Edit Ossia Definition

Display the Ossia Measure Designer dialog box


Removes selected ossia measure


Check this option to show, or uncheck to hide (on the printed page)

Relink to Score (parts only)

Restore the link to its corresponding score item

Unlink In All Parts (score only)

Break the link between the score and this item in all parts

Relink In All Parts (score only)

Restore the link to all corresponding items in parts


For further information, see the Ossia Measure Designer dialog box.


See Also

Advanced Tools Palette



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