Inputting chord symbol regions

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You can input specific regions in which you want to show chord symbols; for example, if an instrument that does not need chord symbols for most of the project has an improvisation section that requires chord symbols to be shown.


  1. In Write mode, do one of the following:
    • Start note input.

    • On each staff where you want to input a chord symbol region, select items that span the required duration.

  2. Open the chord symbols popover in any of the following ways:
    • Press Shift-Q.

    • In the Notations toolbox, click Popovers Popovers button, then Chord Symbols Chord Symbols button.

  3. Enter reg into the popover.
  4. Press Return to close the popover.


During note input, chord symbol regions are input spanning the duration of the selected note or item, which is usually the last input note.

When adding chord symbol regions to existing music, they span the selected duration on each selected staff.

The players holding the corresponding instruments are automatically set to show chord symbols in chord symbol regions and slash regions, even if they were previously set to hide all chord symbols.


You can also input chord symbol regions by choosing Write > Create Chord Symbol Region. You can assign a key command for this option on the Key Commands page in Preferences.