Bar in 8/4. Desire = enter 4 half notes. The notes enter half / tied quarter / half / half. I’ve tried everything I know to try, which isn’t much: essentially deleting the quarter notes, which leaves two quarter rests. Cannot make the rests a half rest. Simply won’t happen. Open a new document, fresh. Create an 8/4 bar. Enter 4 half notes. Same thing: half, tied quarters, half, half.
I encounter a seeming endless number of Dorico quirks like this. I think the app is deliberately trying to drive me insane.