Entering Notes with the Onsceen Keyboard
  1. Choose Keyboard... from the Tools menu.
  2. Choose the Insertion tool from the NoteAbility Tool Palette.
  3. Select the desired note duration in the Note Palette or type the corresponding Command (eg. q, e)
  4. Click the desired pitch on the keyboard.

In addition to placing notes directly on the page, they can be entered from the on-screen keyboard which can be called from the Tools menu (Command-k) or by clicking on the Keyboard button located on the Panel & Edit Buttons pane of the Score Structure panel.

The Command field indicates which note value (or sequence of tied notes) will be entered, the Entry Cursor determines the beat position of the note, and the pitch is set by the note played on the keyboard. The appropriate accidental is added automatically either according to the current key signature or according to the accidentals set on the bottom-right corner of the Keyboard panel.

A number of additional controls are available on the on-screen keyboard.

The arrows at the far left alter the register of the keyboard up and down by octaves. The number displayed indicates what the bottom note of the keyboard is. (C2 is an octave below middle C, C3 is middle C, etc.) Middle C is highlighted on the keyboard so it can be seen easily.

The Staff and Voice arrows allow you to switch staves within the system or to switch voices on the staff. The Clear Tuplets button clears any tuplet values that have been set, and the Go Back button returns the Entry Cursor to the previous beat position so that a chord can be built.

The accidental radio buttons allow you to force certain accidentals when one of the 5 black keys is played. Click on the Choose These Accidentals checkbox and choose the accidentals you want. If you don't have Choose These Accidentals checked, NoteAbilityPro will choose accidentals based on the current key signature.

- A note can be switched to its enharmonic above or below with the menu items located in the Modify/Accidentals menu or using the enharmonic buttons on the Toolbar. For example to change F# to Gb use Enharmonic Above and to change F# to Ex use Enharmonic Below.

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