Dot value vs tie

How can you quickly turn the first bar into the second? I have several measures marked so that in Sibelius they were with the dot value but imported into Doric they come out with the slur.

This requires the use of Force Duration, for which the shortcut is (the letter) o. The trick is to shorten the note first to a ‘simple’ value, then apply Force Duration, then lengthen it again. Then Dorico will not try to re-notate using ties.
In this case, select the tied note, and then type ‘4 o 5 .’ (four o five dot).

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In addition, if you have a long passage of this rhythm, it’s simplest to just repeat the first bar as much as you need (using r), then re-pitch the passage (using L-ock to duration).

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Or from bar 2 onwards, use a hidden [3+3]/16 or 6/16 barline. Either of those should automatically beam notes into two groups of 3 sixteenth notes. You can input staff-specific time signatures if other parts require different note grouping.

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Thanks, is there a way to apply this to an already written passage without rewriting everything?

Inputting time signatures will affect existing notation/note grouping/beaming, provided those notes don’t already have their durations forced using Force Duration (either that you’ve done inside Dorico, or that came through that way via MusicXML import).

You can apply Force Duration to existing notes, but you have to do it manually – you could select all the tied notes at the start of each bar and do the Force Duration process once, but then if you add any extra parts or bars, you’d need to handle those cases manually as well.

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