Time Signatures

Changing a Time Signature

To change a time signature:

1. Holding shift, double click the first bar you want to change the time signature in. The bar will turn red.

2. Still holding shift, double click the last bar you want bar you want to change the time signature in. A range of bars will now be selected

3. Either press Control + Shift + T, OR choose Marks –> Change Time Signature from the menu bar.

4. The Time Signature Window will appear

The Time Signature Window

5.a To change to common or cut common time, click the common or cut common symbols

5.b To use a numbered time signature format, press the up and down arrows beside the numbers to change the time signature shown

6. Press OK

Leading Bars

To create the appearance of a leading bar, select unused rests in the first bar and exclude them from publishing.


Musink enforces a few rules around time signatures:

  • Voices of the same stave must have the exact same time signature
  • Staves can different time signatures if the time signatures are equivalent. For example, one stave can be in 8/8 and another in 4/4. You cannot, however, have one stave in 3/4 and another in 4/4. To use this functionality, uncheck the Apply To All Staves checkbox when changing a time signature.
  • You cannot change time signatures half way through a bar