Creating an Advance Caret Keyboard Shortcut in Sibelius

My friend and colleague Bruce Munson of Bruce Munson Music Services and Consulting recently shared this tutorial with me for how to create your own keyboard shortcuts. His tutorial shows how to create an advance caret keyboard shortcut in Sibelius 6 or 7, which allows you to go from Edit back to Create.

You can use the same basic steps to create any custom keyboard shortcut for Sibelius.

  1. Go to File > Preferences, Sibelius > Preferences on Mac.
  2. Select Menus and Shortcuts from the list on the left. Note that the default Shortcut list displayed in the field at the top of the dialogue is Standard menus and shortcuts which is read-only. Depending on the version of Sibelius 6 you have (and possibly your computer’s OS) you will either have the ability to select Add feature set… (V6.1) from the drop down list in the same field, or you will have a button labeled Add Feature set… (V6.2 or V7.x). Select the option that applies to your version.
  3. Now name your custom shortcut list and click OK.
  4. From the Menu or Category list, select Notes in V6, or Note Input Tab in V7
  5. Scroll down the Feature list all the way near the bottom and select Advance Caret.
  6. Click on the Add button.
  7. You can now perform the keyboard shortcut. I use the letter V (small case) as it is not being used for another keyboard shortcut and is close to the spacebar, which used to be the shortcut for Advance Caret in earlier versions of the software. So, simply hit V on your Qwerty, and only V: no other keystrokes.
  8. Click OK, then OK again.
  9. Now go to a score, select a note so that you are in Edit, and hit V on your Qwerty. You should now have the Create line appear after the note you selected, thus putting you in Create!

These are the steps to creating your own keyboard shortcuts. Now that you have created your own custom list, you can continue to edit or add keyboard shortcuts by following the above steps and choosing other features to assign keyboard shortcuts to.