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Quick Start & Basics

  • Quick Start
    • Learn: Learn tab has instructional videos, new upgrades on the 7th edition as well other info for users who are new in Sibelius coming from other notation software, like Finale.
    • New Score: The new score tab where we choose the type of manuscript paper to begin our score.
    • Recent: You can open your recent work under this tab. This is an easy way to open up latest sessions that you have been working on
    • Import: To import music in variety of ways.
    • Latest News: You can follow up with latest news and connect with Sibelius blog.
  • Other Options:
    • Open Other: It opens a browser that you can search for any Sibelius files you have in any location in your computer or external discs.
    • Show Quick Start: If the box checked you will always see the “quick start dialog box” every time you launch Sibelius. If you uncheck this box, Sibelius will launch without the dialog box.
    • Show Quick Start Again: If this box checked, when you quit your scores Sibelius will show the Quick Start dialog box again.
    • Zoom Slider: Zooms in & out.
    • Quit Sibelius 7: It quits Sibelius 7.
    • Close: If you are on Windows systems, closing will quit the S7 application. On Mac OSX systems closing will close the quick start dialog box but it will let Sibelius running at the dock. You have to quit Sibelius under your file menu, clicking and holding on the Sibelius icon on dock and choosing “quit” or shortcut of Command Q.
  • Opening, Saving, and Exporting a Score:
    • On your quick start menu, you can choose a recent score that you have worked on under recent tab, or choose “New Score” if you wish to work on a new score or click on “open other” to browse other Sibelius files that you saved somewhere in your computer. Sibelius files get the extensions of .sib in the end.
    • You can open multiple scores on Sibelius. Opening a second file will not affect the first score that you have been working on.
    • Save, it is a standard saving feature that can save the changes you are making on your scores. (Command S/Control S)
    • Save As, You can “Save As” your work on S7. In this way you get a new dialog box to re-title and relocate your file and continue working on the score traditionally.
    • Export is a way to save your Sibelius document in a different format. In this way you could open these files on other applications.
    • Sibelius has also auto-save & auto- back up options constantly working for you. You can see these options on your preferences under the file tab.
  • The Ribbon:
    • File: It’s the only tab that colored in purple that has traditional options like, save, save as, open/close or preferences.
    • Home: It gives you basic editing options.
    • Note Input: It has all features of note entry in the program.
    • Notations: It contains all basic markings of a score as well as really important information such as clef, key & time signature.
    • Text: Text tab obviously contains features related to the text you may want to ad to your score. You can ad lyrics, bar numbers and additional markers in to your score.
    • Play: It’s where we find Sibelius 7’s playback features.
    • Layout: It contains options related to layout of your score.
    • Appearance: It takes the overall look of your score to the next level, by giving you options of designing & maintaining your score.
    • Parts: It has features of lying out and printing.
    • Review: You can add other type of markers & highlighting under review.
    • View: It gives you options by toggling in between different viewing options to help you work well in your scores.
    • Find in Ribbon: On the left upper corner, there is a search space available for finding features in the ribbon.

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Overview 0:07
  • How to Launch Sibelius 0:31
    • Putting Sibelius Application on the Dock and Launching It
  • Quick Start 2:26
    • Learn
    • Sibelius 7 Reference Guide
    • New Score
    • Recent
    • Import
    • Latest News
  • Other Options 12:28
    • Open Other
    • Show Quick Start
    • Show Quick Start Again After Closing Last Score
    • Zoom Slider
    • Quit Sibelius 7
    • Close
  • Opening, Saving, and Exporting a Score 19:09
    • Opening a Score
    • Opening Multiple Files in Sibelius
    • Saving
    • Export
    • Auto-Save and Auto-Back Up Options
  • The Ribbon 24:46
    • Introduction to the Ribbon
    • File
    • Home
    • Note Input
    • Notations
    • Text
    • Play
    • Layout
    • Appearance
    • Parts
    • Review
    • View
    • Find in Ribbon