Hidden Instrument Change

Version 01.80.00
Added 22 Oct 2007 (last updated 24 Sep 2020)

For use with Sibelius 5, Sibelius 6, Sibelius 7.1, Sibelius 7.5, Sibelius 8.x, Sibelius 18.x, Sibelius 19.x, Sibelius 20.x and Sibelius 21.x

Adds an instrument change to No instrument(hidden).

This is equivalent to using Create > Other > Instrument Change > Others > No instrument (Hidden) with no clef and no warning text. Assign a shortcut if you will use it often.

Updated 22 October 2009. This update restores the original instrument after a passage selection, which it did before Sibelius 6.1

Updated 5 January 2010. This update lets a change at the start of the first bar hide the initial clef. Also, if you run with no selection it brings up some options to allow you to choose warning text.

Updated 24 March 2010 minor bug fix.

Updated 27 April 2010.

Note that there are 2 ways that the plugin might not restore the original instrument as of Sibelius 6.2. The first is if you make a non-passage (blue box) selection. So if you want the restoration, always make a passage selection. The second way is if you select a single bar, and have turned off the Note Input Preference Restore Original Item After Single Bar Selection. If you want the plugin to restore the original instrument, you must turn this preference on.

Updated 15 May 2010. New option to Always restore instrument in single bar selection (on by default).

Updated 24 September 2020. Added the ability to apply the change to all selected staves, not just the first one. Only actually selected staves will be processed, so you can use a discontiguous selection.

Run the plugin with no selection to see an options dialog. By default the plugin will skip staves hidden by Focus On Staves, or staves all of whose bars are hidden by Hide Empty Staves in the range of the selection.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.