Complete Copy and Paste

Version 1.0
Added 14 Dec 2016 (last updated 14 Dec 2016)

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

Complete Copy and Paste

For use with Sibelius 6, Sibelius 7, Sibelius 7.5 and 8

Version 1.0

When a passage which contains part of a bar is pasted over another, slurs, dynamics, and lyrics etc are not overwritten in the partial bar. This can lead to the unwanted doubling of these.

Complete copy and paste provides solution to this, by temporally changing the order objects are drawn.

The plugins should be used in the same way as normal cutting and pasting.

Complete Copy changes the draw order of the lyrics, dynamics etc, copies the changed version to the clipboard and then resets the draw order to their default values.

Complete Paste pastes the contents of the clipboard, deletes on lyrics, text etc that to not have the changed draw order and then resets the draw order of the pasted objects to their default values.

A possible shortcut for these might be Ctrl+Alt+ Insert and Shift+Alt+Insert, (Command+Option+Insert and Shift+Option+Insert).


Complete Copy should not be followed by the normal paste function. This would leave the draw order unreset. This can be fixed manually by selecting the passage ands going to Appearance > Order > Reset to Default.

If Complete Paste follows the normal Copy function, all of the lyrics, dynamics etc will be removed from the pasted passage. Although this is not the purpose of this plugin, this feature is useable.

This draw order is not a commonly used feature in Sibelius, but if it is important in a particular project this plugin should be avoided. The draw order of graphics and notes are not affected.

Plug-in written by Kenneth Gaw.