Quick Keys

QuickKeys is an input method that allows the numeric keypad on your computer to be used to enter notes. Basically, the numbers on the keypad 1 - 9 refer to the diatonic interval between the previously entered note and the next note to be entered. The Shift key causes the interval direction to be down, otherwise it is up.

Normally you should enter the first note using another input method (such as mouse entry) so that a starting pitch has been set. For subsequent notes on the same staff, simply set the new rhythmic value (if the value is different from the previous one) and type the interval number on the keypad - the new note will appear on the score. If you want add an accidental to the note just entered, you can use the + and - keys on the keypad to increase or decrease the pitch by a semitone. The following example should make this clear:

Begin by typing e to set the Command to enter eighth notes and entering the note C4 with the mouse.

Next type the following keys on the numeric keypad:
2 2 shift-3 1 1 1 shift-4 4 The following notes will appear:

Next, type the following keys on the numeric keypad:
1 + 2 1 + 2 2 1 + 2

The following notes will appear:

- In order to use QuickKeys, you should make sure that the Enable QuickKeys check box in the Preferences panel is selected.

- after changing to a new staff, it is safest to enter the first note using the mouse, then continue adding subsequent notes using QuickKeys.

- while using QuickKeys, you can enter rests using Command-r, and you can adjust any incorrect pitches using the keyboard arrow keys.

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