Mouse keeps pressed after editing text - Bug?

After editing text, the mouse keeps getting pressed and makes a selection and/or moves things around.
Thanks for any input!

I always hit the escape key after adding or editing text. Does this work for you?

Yes, escape works.

I now use cmd-Enter. Clicking with the mouse right after entering text does behave strangely (marquee selection) so that is why I changed to cmd-Enter. Very reliable.


I’ve wondered about this too. I use ESC. But I wonder what the purpose of the mouse functionality is here. I can’t imagine it’s just an anomaly.

Hello everyone.
I experienced the same behaviour. I would like to also point out that Dorico shuts down if you click “too fast” on anything after inputting the text. This happened to me after repeated default text inputting (Shift - X) and after musician’s name editing. I’ll try to reproduce the issue later! The only way to avoid this seems to be using ESC.

(O.T. I joined the forum a couple of months ago but I didn’t want to fill the forum with an OT post introducing myself. But since this is my first message here, I just wanted to add that this community is really fantastic and the people from team are really marvelous. Thank you for your hard work and politeness! Keep going!)


A belated welcome to the forum, André!

Thank you Mark!

So, I tried to make Dorico crash with this, but apparently it doesn’t crash anymore, maybe with the new updates (it happened with 5.1.21) this have been fixed. Anyway, the keeping getting pressed mouse issue is still present. I’ll post a screenshot with the weirdest behaviour I got.

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This happened after clicking outside the text prompt, as I tried to click again, a second orange area appeared.

Hi @AndreLorenzatti not sure if this is related to your issue, but: can you try activating the Select arrow (so deactivating note input with the mouse) and deactivating Pitch before duration and see the behaviour repeating the same actions as before?
(also make sure to click in an empty white area, when you click outside the text editor, to close it. If you double click on the 5 lines or in the near, the caret will be activated):

This is a known issue. There’s a boring technical reason for it, but basically Dorico has to perform two actions to first create and then select the text item (normally this is done in a single action for every other type of item you can create), and it’s possible for the mouse button release to get lost in the hinterland between these two parts of the operation being carried out. It’s something we want to change, but it’s unfortunately not a simple thing to solve.


Hello everyone,
thank you @dspreadbury for the info.
Today Dorico closed suddently as I tried to edit a musician’s name. The behaviour is the one I tried to reproduce some days ago. I’ll upload a diagnostic file here.
Dorico (876,1 KB)

Thanks for the diagnostics, Andre. I can see from the stack trace that the crash is in Qt framework code. Can you tell me the steps required to reproduce this? It sounds like you’re editing the name of the player in the Players panel in Setup mode – is that right? Can you describe precisely what you’re doing, step by step?

Hello Daniel.
Thank you for your answer. Yes, you are right, I tried to modify the player’s name from the Players panel in Setup mode. Here’s what happens (but I have to say, it doesn’t happen every single time).

  1. Double click on the player’s name.
  2. Edit the name.
  3. Click outside the panel.

Does it happen with a particular Player or Players?

No, it can happen anytime with any player.

Andre, do you find this is particularly likely to happen when the project you’re working on is especially large (i.e. it has many players)?

Yes, I’m currently working on a Beethoven orchestral score with 20/25 players. Unfortunately I can’t give you more study cases because I’m really new to Dorico and this is my first project after the “first steps” guide.

I don’t know if it’s related, but this happened also when I input text (as I mentioned before) into single parts, i.e. when I number note repetitions.