Hopefully you’ve now cracked it, David: select the first note (or click anywhere in the first bar), then choose Edit > Select to End of Flow (to which you can assign a custom shortcut if it’s something you think you’ll be doing often).
Yes, I did — but I still struggle with usability and discoverability with Dorico. For example, selecting all notes on a staff seems like it should be a choice on the popup menu when you right-click a note.
It’s worth checking out some of the well known design patterns for GUI/usability related to user discovery of functionality.
I’ve never forgotten what a project manager once said to me when I was running a software product many years ago. “Remember, every support call reduces profit margin by $25. Do whatever it takes to reduce support calls as much as possible”.
That’s still my operating approach for software I sell now into the music world. Every time we get a query, we think about what we could have done that would have made that query unnecessary and then we do it!
Thanks for the suggestion. Videos are a last resort for me — they’re generally too slow for my taste. I wish Yamaha would get Edgar Rothermich to develop a book for Dorico. See for example his other books at
I found this thread because I have a similar problem: Two staves that I need to merge into one. But the steps presented here didn’t work:
I clicked in bar 1 of one staff, then chose Edit > Select to End of Flow. (Incidentally, shouldn’t commands like this be available via contextual menu?)
With everything on that staff selected, I hit copy, then selected the destination track and hit paste. But instead of merging the notes, the notes on the destination track were replaced with the pasted notes.
I get it; that’s how the Paste command is supposed to work. Hence, the need for a Merge command, because my destination track is not empty. Think of my two tracks as a checkerboard: Track 1 has notes in the odd bars; track 2 has notes in the even bars—and I need to combine them onto one staff. Until a Merge command is added (hopefully), how does one accomplish this?
When I attempted to paste into a new voice, I saw a menu that seemed to require that voices first be specified. So, I created a new player in Setup, but that player hasn’t appeared on the page. Sorry for the newbie question, but how do I get the new player to appear on the page with the other players?
OK. New players are supposed to automatically appear in the full score—but they weren’t. So, I started over, and now, new voices are appearing. Not sure what the problem was before, but I’ve gotten past this hurdle. Thanks.