Hi Daniel and Lillie,
Lillie, I did not know the menu commands can be input no matter what! That’s a terrific tip.
I would second the OP’s sentiment, although I appreciate how difficult it is to solve. I’ve already spent time on my own thinking about this and don’t think a single global menu is possible. It’s way too complicated and interconnected. But the divisions ARE confusing as they stand. Don’t know the solution, but I know there’s a problem! Super helpful I know.
I have definitely had dozens of episodes spent searching for the correct menu. The problem for me is that there are numerous ambiguous cases, where I know what I want to change, but it could apply to multiple option categories. Or when a single feature like condensing has options spread over 3 (4?) different menu sections. (But I’m still grateful for condensing. Please don’t take my condensing away…plsssss)
If I’m thinking about options related to “notation”, “layout”, and “engraving”, there’s quite a bit of overlap between those three concepts without clear demarcations, at least in my mind. They feel more like arbitrary divisions than obvious ones. I consider myself a (new) power user, and am willing to do the work of just learning where everything is, but this has been an obvious hurdle that I’m sure every new user will go through. That being said, the program is astonishingly good and I’m very happy with it .
One off topic p.s. suggestion: I think a very very good idea would be to somehow railroad new users to the visual hot key layout. The one where you see a keyboard, can click cmd or alt, etc, and see how the rest of the keyboard changes. That tool is EXTREMELY helpful and it took me about 10 days of continuous usage and YouTube video watching to find. I say make it unmissable somehow, it’s extremely valuable to a new user. Thanks again!