Secondary Beam Break Selection dialog box

How to get there

  1. Choose the Special Tools tool icon and click a measure containing beamed sixteenth notes (or smaller values).
  2. Click the Secondary Beam Break Tool ; handles appear above each beamed note.
  3. Double-click the handle above the note after the desired beam break.

What it does

The Secondary Beam Break Tool lets you create breaks in the inner beams of sixteenth notes and smaller values. (To break eighth note beams, click the measure with the Speedy Entry tool (or choose the Simple Entry tool), click the note after the desired beam break, and press the slash key [/].) In this dialog box, you can specify which beams you want to break.

Noteman says: Some of these duration values are smaller than you can enter with the Speedy Entry tool (the 4096th note, for example). You can create such a note by setting the duration manually in the Edit Frame dialog box or through the Change Note Durations command in the Utilities menu. See Edit Frame dialog box or Change Note Durations dialog box.

  • Break Through. Select this option if you want all beams broken to a certain level. When you specify the level (by clicking one of the rhythmic value check boxes, below), the level you clicked and all smaller values are automatically selected.
  • Break Only. If you only want selected (not necessarily adjacent) beams to be broken, select this option, then select the check boxes of the duration values whose beams you want broken.
  • 16th • 32nd • 64th… 4096th. These check boxes identify the beams you want broken, as shown above.
  • OK • Reset • Cancel. Click OK to return to the score, where you’ll see the effects of your beam breaking. The handle you clicked remains selected to remind you that you’ve modified it. Click Reset to restore the beaming to normal or double-click the handle after returning to the score. Click Cancel to return to the score without changing any beaming.