Keyboard shortcuts for text styles, lines and plug-ins

Added 01 Aug 2005 (last updated 17 Mar 2008)

For use with Sibelius 3.x

These plug-ins are designed to help you assign keyboard shortcuts to text styles, lines, and plug-ins in Sibelius 3. These items are identified in the File > Preferences > Menus and Shortcuts dialog by number, which makes it difficult to find the specific item you're looking for.

To use the plug-ins, simply choose them from the Plug-ins menu and follow the simple instructions.

An additional plug-in for assigning keyboard shortcuts to all text styles, including ones created by the user, is also available. Like Shortcut-Number Text, Shortcut-Number Text 2 produces a listing of the numbers of text styles in the current score. Unlike Shortcut-Number Text, it can list both built-in and user-defined text styles. The problem is that it needs to add a piece of text to the start of the score in order to manipulate the text object and find styles, and the plug-in cannot delete the new text. So it will add a piece of text that says ~DeleteMe, and there are instructions for the user to delete the text after running the plug-in.

These plugins are not needed in Sibelius 4 or later

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Fixed Plug-in Shortcuts (Windows only)

Added 03 Sep 2005 (last updated 17 Jun 2015)

For use with Sibelius 4, Sibelius 4.1, Sibelius 5, Sibelius 6, Sibelius 7.1, Sibelius 7.5 and Sibelius 8.x

Did you ever want to assign keyboard shortcuts to your favourite plug-ins which do not change each and every time you install a new plug-in or change anything else in your plug-ins folder? If so, the Fixed Shortcuts plug-in is the right tool to use.

Assign from Sibelius one single shortcut to this plug-in, e.g. F5. Whenever Sibelius should decide to scramble shortcuts, only update this single shourtcut, F5 for the Fixed Shortcut plug-in.

You can define up to 26 plug-ins to be called by Fixed Shortcuts. These are accessed with the 26 letters A..Z. Develop your own memorizing scheme, and access your favourite plug-ins with a sequence of three keys which will no longer change. What about:

  • F5 c RET to call Cresc./Dim. Playback
  • F5 r RET to call Remove All Highlights
  • F5 s RET to call Split Bars

Of course you can always read the list on the screen, in case you forgot the chosen shortcut. Defining the 26 favourite plug-ins is only one additional keystroke away.

Updated 16 October 2010 by Corwin Newall
Now includes a 25% faster sort method which will be of great assistance to Sibelius 4 or 5 users who may have slower processors.

Plug-in written by Hans-Christoph Wirth & Corwin Newall.

Run Previous Plug-in (for use with Fixed Plug-in Shortcuts)

Added 16 Oct 2010 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

For use with Sibelius 4, Sibelius 4.1, Sibelius 5, Sibelius 6, Sibelius 7.1, Sibelius 7.5 and Sibelius 8.x

Have you noticed a slight delay every time you use Fixed Plug-in Shortcuts? Do you want to save even more time on Sibelius? Often you just want to rerun the last plug-in that you had selected, such as Cresc./Dim. Playback, Change Dynamics or Insert Current Dynamics. Run Previous Plug-in is the answer. It will immediately open the last plug-in you ran. Give it a shortcut similar to Fixed Plug-in Shortcuts, so if you are using F5 as suggested, why not used F6? Using Sibelius is time consuming and we need to save as much clicking and typing as we can. Even the download is quick (only 691 bytes!).

Plug-in written by Corwin Newall.

Where Did It Go?

Version 01.08.00
Added 13 Sep 2011 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

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

This plugin shows where the menu commands in Sibelius 6 can be found in Sibelius 7. It also gives an alphabetized list of the locations of shipping plugins in Sibelius 7.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.