Copy Notes Only and Repeat Notes Only

Added 04 Apr 2011 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

For use with Sibelius 5, Sibelius 6, Sibelius 7.1, Sibelius 7.5, Sibelius 8.x and Sibelius 18.x

Are you tired of deleting unnecessary dynamics, techniques ('pizz.' for example) and other lines every time you copy music around your score? Your days of frustration are over! Two complementary plug-ins have been created just for you: Copy Notes Only and Repeat Notes Only. They act like Edit > Copy and Edit > Repeat respectively, except that expressions, technique markings, dynamics and hairpins are ignored just run the plug-ins and you're away!

You can choose which objects are ignored by both plug-ins in their shared Options window, which will turn up the first time one of the two plug-ins is run. To change settings later, run the plug-in with nothing selected (hit Escape a few times just to make sure).

For these time-saving plug-ins, speed and ease of use is paramount. Why not give the plug-ins shortcuts?

  • Edit > Repeat is R, so you could use Shift+R for Repeat Notes Only.
  • Edit > Copy is Ctrl+C, and Ctrl+Alt+Shift+C (or Cmd+Opt+Shift+C) could be used for Copy Notes Only.
  • Or, if pressing four keys at once feels a bit excessive, you could use Shift+X, since it is related to Cut

Also, these plug-ins are compressed twice: the code is as simple and compact as possible, meaning it does twice as much in half the file size, so Sibelius will spend almost no time loading the plug-ins.

If you have a Windows operating system, keep reading; if not, click download right now to start saving time!

In Sibelius for Windows, the Options window has hotkeys which help speed everything up: simply hold down Alt and type the underlined letter to select a check box or click a button (just like elsewhere in Sibelius!).

Update - 5 June 2011
Updated to help Fixed Shortcuts get along with these plug-ins. Only re-download if you are using Fixed Plug-in Shortcuts to call Copy Notes Only and/or Repeat Notes Only.

Plug-in written by Corwin Newall.