Is there anyway to modify note duration after note input without leaving note entry mode?

I’m probably missing something obvious so please excuse me.
As of now I can input a whole note with note input (caret) for example. But if I decide it should be a half note instead, I have to exit note input mode, press the numerical key command to make it the right duration, engage note input mode again and then position the caret to where I was before to continue writing.

Is there a way to just change the duration of the recently inputted note without all these steps and without losing your positioning/flow?

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Yes, you can easily modify the duration of the last note you entered without leaving note input, using Alt-Shift-left or right arrow, which will change it according to the rhythmic grid.


Or move the caret back to the start of the note, make sure Chords isn’t activated, and re-input a new note with the updated duration, which overwrites it.

Quite possibly not better or easier, just an alternative.


What if I want to modify the accidental?

Alt-Shift-Up/Down moves whatever’s selected chromatically.

If I’m note entry mode that command moves the last inputted note diatonically. I just wanted to add an accidental after inputting a note without having to leave note entry

No, Shift-Alt-up/down makes it chromatic.

If instead of making an enharmonic change Julian just wants to add a sharp to a note retroactively, pressing the plus sign (+) should sharp the last note entered if one is still in note-entry mode.

Only if he’s set this Preference. (Note: this is not the default.)

For that matter, Shift-Alt-Up/Down don’t change things enharmonically, @Derrek . That’s Alt-- and Alt-=

Serves me right for talking off the top of my head. Sorry, Julian. :grimacing:
I must have changed the default for sharps and flats way back, since even when writing music with pencil and paper, I never wrote the accidental before the note.

Thanks, Leo, for the swift correction.

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