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  • Preferences: Preference are options that affect the Sibelius program as a whole, and which remain permanently set until you change them again, rather than being saved in individual scores.
  • Display page: It allows you to adjust various aspects of how things are displayed
  • File Page: It allows you to set how Sibelius should behave when opening, saving and printing your files.
  • Font Equivalents: If you open a score that uses a font that is not installed don your computer, Sibelius can substitute a similar font instead.
  • Ideas: When writing music you often come up with either melodic idea, rhythm or chord progression. You can Import or export ideas.
  • Input Devices: If you have a MIDI keyboard or other external input device connected to your computer, you can use step-time and flexi time input
  • Keyboard Shortcuts: Every function in Sibelius can be performed using just the keyboard. Once you’ve learned the shortcuts & features that you use often, your workflow will speed up enormously.
  • Language: It allows you to change the language Sibelius uses for the display menus, dialogs, and so on.
  • Mouse: Mouse page determines how Sibelius should behave when inputting music with the mouse.
  • Music Fonts: Note-heads, clefs, accidentals, and most other objects that appear in Sibelius scores are drawn using a symbol, which itself is a character or combination of characters from a music font.
  • Note Input: It allows you to switch between using Sibelius’s standard step-time input method, described as “Duration Before Pitch” or a method that emulates Finale’s Speedy Entry tool.
  • Paste as Cue: Various options for determining exactly what happened when you do Home > Clipboard > Paste as cue are found on the “Paste as Cue” page under preferences.
  • Playback: You can tell Sibelius always to load a specific playback configuration when you start the program.
  • Score Position: It allows you to set how and when Sibelius should reposition your score.
  • Step-time and Flexi-time: this is where you set up you step time chord, transposing staves and so on.
  • Textures: Within Sibelius, both the virtual paper and desk use high-quality texture to make them easier on the eye.
  • Versions: Sibelius allows you to save multiple versions of your score in the same document.
  • Word Menus: It allows you to choose a certain “word characters” as well as font size for the menu.
  • Word Menus: It allows you to choose a certain “word characters” as well as font size for the menu
  • Other: This is where you adjust your staff, selection & object rulers; undo counts, comments and more.


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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Overview 0:08
  • Preferences 0:30
    • Getting to the Preferences Window
    • Display Page
    • File Page
    • Font Equivalents
    • Ideas
    • Input Devices
    • Keyboard Shortcuts
    • Language
    • Mouse
    • Music Fonts
    • Note Input
    • Paste as Cue
    • Playback
    • Score Position
    • Step-time and Flexi-time
    • Textures
    • Versions
    • Word Menus
    • Other