I’m working with a file which I exported from Sibelius in Music XML and imported into Dorico.
There’s a section of the piece where some measures in some staves were empty upon import. No notes, no rests - nothing.
Having no idea what caused this, I tried a bunch of things, to no avail. Then, while writing a draft of this post, I stumbled on the solution for all but one of the problem staves:
The last note before the empty bars had “Ends voice” toggled ON in Properties > Notes and Rests. When I disabled it, the measures immediately populated with measure rests. Great! This is what I want.
The one remaining problem staff does not have any preceding notes with “Ends voice” enabled (nor “Starts voice”, for that matter).
If I enter a note in any empty measure in that staff, the subsequent measures immediately fill up with measure rests. If I delete the note, the measure rests disappear.
If I fill the entire section with whole notes, I can delete all of them after the first measure of the section and they’ll be replaced by measure rests, which is what I want. However, if I then delete the one in the first measure of the section, all the measure rests disappear.
EDIT: See the post below for the solution.