Firstly, oggyb, please don’t bump threads, however much you might be waiting for a solution. I don’t always have time to dig in to every thread at every moment of every day, but you can rest assured that I keep close (literal) tabs on problems that don’t yet have a solution, and I will come to them when I have time.
Please let me make sure that I understand the problem exactly. You want to input the note with your mouse, but you are using the keyboard to specify the note duration. You have ‘Enable note input with the mouse’ activated/checked on the Note Input and Editing page of Preferences.
In Dorico 3.1, I do the following:
- Start a new project based on the Piano template, which takes me to Write mode.
- I type 6. The quarter note in the notes panel is illuminated. When I move my mouse pointer over the score, I see a shadow note.
- I type .. The rhythm dot in the notes toolbox is illuminated.
- I click in the right-hand staff: a note of a dotted quarter in duration is input.
In Dorico 3.5, I do the same steps, and at step 3, the rhythm dot is not illuminated, and at step 4, an undotted quarter note is added.
The reason for this is that Dorico 3.5 will only allow you to set a rhythm dot if you have a selection, or the caret is visible, which it is not yet. We should be able to relax that restriction, since in general we don’t want you to be able to change settings in the notes toolbox or the note input panel if they don’t make sense, but we’ve introduced a new restriction here that we didn’t intend.