I've just started learning SmartMusic's Compose feature whereby I can create my own musical score. I'm starting with Mary Had a Little Lamb (the hello world program equivalent for any music notation software).

How do I add rests?

I know I've done this before but can't remember how.

Searching for this has not found anything useful.

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In the PDF documentation here, it says you can press the zero (0) key to enter a rest of a specific duration, so if you've selected a half-note, and press the zero key, a half-note rest is entered.

To switch an existing note to a rest, press the s-key. The s-key switches a note to a rest or a rest to a note.

This video shows using the s-key.

(no longer working)

  • The video link is dead.
    – Dom
    Dec 28, 2023 at 22:28
  • It's gone for me too.... And I published it. I'm guessing YouTube didn't like me doing that.
    – PatS
    Jan 12 at 23:20

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