Ah - I see. I had selected the global insert setting. Not the one below it. Thanks!
That page in the latest (v4) manual has been updated quite a bit to pick up (hopefully) some more of the nuance of this: you can’t delete only some of a bar this way.
In Dorico 4, you now have the option to use the “global adjustment of current bar” Insert mode scope to change the duration of a bar more easily. If my memory serves, in your context that would mean activating Insert mode (key command I so the button appears highlighted in the Notes toolbox), setting the scope to “global adjustment of current bar”, selecting two beats in that final bar, and pressing Delete (just your bog-standard delete, not Shift-B, -2q).
I’d like to revisit this. From what I can tell, when I tried to do your above suggestion nothing happens.
What I did:
Press and hold the Insert button and selected the one with the world icon.
Selected the quarter-note rest at the end of the bar that I want to delete.
I just saw at the bottom of the post that you linked to that it says:
- Deleting some, but not all, beats from bars according to the prevailing time signature deletes the contents of those beats only. If you want to shorten a bar’s duration, such as at the end of flows that start with a pick-up bar, you must instead either input a time signature with the required number of beats then hide the time signature, or input a barline and delete any excess bars if necessary.
So from what I can tell, the old way is still the only way to do this.
Yes, those two ways still work, and the way Lillie described uses a new feature in 4.0.
I am on 4.0. The thing I posted as a response to Lillie is in the 4.0 documentation. So I believe that the only way to do this is still the old way of creating a time signature and hiding it.
I don’t know about all possible methods, but what I usually do is, select the rest after the last note, invoke the Bar popover with Shift-B and type “final”. This usually creates a final barline and chops off the remaining bit. If it doesn’t, I delete the hanging over bit via the system track.
In addition to the global scope being selected, was the Insert button highlighted and therefore activated? Apologies for the obvious question but just to clarify.
I just tried this here myself, and it worked as expected: the last beat was deleted and the last bar became a 3/4 bar.
I’ll be double-checking this at updating the note in the manual accordingly in the near future.
Well clearly I’m doing something wrong. Here’s me trying it:
Insert with global scope activated:
Selecting the last note:
That’s very strange, it definitely works for me either pressing Backspace or Delete, or using the Edit > Delete menu option. I’m not sure what else to suggest except checking this is consistently the case, in all projects on your computer?