# Dorico 4. join two notes into a single note in the middle of the measure

Goodnight everyone. I am currently copying a sheet music and I found this situation. I want to join two notes into a single note in the middle of the measure. I selected the option to do that but nothing happens ( Apply button pressed )

I had already done it before but now for some reason I am not getting it. Am I doing something wrong? Thanks for the help.

If the Notation Options do not have the desired effect, try Force Duration - select the tied notes, press " U ", " O ", then " 7 ".
" U " unties the two quarter notes, " O " turns on Force Duration, " 7 " sets the value to half note.

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Thanks Steven!! It workedâ€¦!!
And Joseph Haydn appreciates your help.
Greetings from Rio de Janeiro!

Ah, but it should work using the notation optionsâ€¦ anyone shed some light on why it didnâ€™t in this case?
Just so I know what to do when it happens to meâ€¦

B.

select the tied notes, press " U ", " O ", then " 7 "

or: select the tied notes, press â€śOâ€ť â€ś6â€ť â€ś7â€ť
Itâ€™s the same amount of key presses, just another way of achieving the same result.

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Depending on the time signature, Dorico may or may not allow a note like that to cross the half-bar. Normally it will only allow it to be notated as a single note if it fits the syncopated pattern short-long-short, but Dorico is a bit too strict about what forms a short-long-short pattern: in this case, the two eighth notes before and after the half note would need to be a single quarter instead.

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Ok ! Thank you Daniel !

How can I clean this up? I have tried everything
What I am trying to achieve is a quaver then a quaver tied to two dotted minims. Thank you for any advice

Wellâ€¦ It looks perfect to me. Of course, you can change the way it looks using force duration (o), but beware : you might not follow the rulesâ€¦ Well, there might be some latitude when itâ€™s a dotted half on the second beat.
Put the caret on the second beat, press u (cut, scissors tool). Then select the new note following the second beat, press o, 6, 7 dot. Press r to repeat it. Select the second quaver, press o (to make sure every following note has force duration engaged), press t twice and youâ€™re done.