🎬 This article is a transcription of one of the excellent video tutorials posted to the official Dorico YouTube channel.
Presented here in written form with the kind permission of its creator, Anthony Hughes, this tutorial is titled “How to Use the Caret and Grid in Dorico”…
The purpose of the input caret is to show you the current insertion point at which any new musical items will be created.
As you enter notes the caret advances to the next rhythmic position. And if you want to advance the caret without entering a note you can do that by pressing Space. This will advance the caret by the same rhythmic duration that is currently selected in the Notes panel. And because of this, I don’t actually need to input rests in Dorico.
For example, I can select a dotted crotchet or quarter note in the Notes panel and press Space to advance the caret. Now I can select a quaver or eighth note and continue to input music. You’ll notice that Dorico has padded out the rests for me automatically.
Other musical items are also created at the caret when you are in Note Input. I’m going to open the Dynamics panel
and input a forte.
You’ll notice that this does not advance the caret, so I am able to input other notations and then only when I input a note will the caret move on to the next rhythmic position.
The grid helpfully displays the rhythmic divisions of a bar for when you are inputting using the mouse and need to create a note at a speciﬁc position.
The arrow keys move the caret along the grid one step at a time and you can even use the up and down arrow keys to navigate to other staves.
Hold down Ctrl on Windows, or Cmd on Mac when using the left/right arrow keys and you will move in steps of a whole bar.
This control changes the resolution of the grid, so you can select, say, semiquavers or sixteenth notes for ﬁner control when inputting with the mouse.
I hope this has been helpful to you. Please subscribe to the Dorico Youtube channel to see more videos like this. I’m Anthony Hughes, thanks for watching.