Occupying a sliver of space at the bottom of your Sibelius window is the status bar. If you’ve never noticed it or have accorded it a (ahem) lowly status, it’s worth taking a look at what it can tell you. It’s quite useful.
A series of information readouts tells you some document-wide information such as the total number of pages and bars in a score. How many times have you scrolled to the end of a long document to find out those tidbits, when you could have just looked down?
If music is selected, the status bar gives you the location, range and timecode of the selection; useful if View > Invisibles > Bar Numbers is switched off and View > Panels > Transport isn’t showing.
Need to do some quick chord analysis? Just select a chord and Sibelius will analyze its harmony for you, via the status bar.
The status bar also gives you a description of the current operation (such as Edit Passage or Edit Text) and whether you’re in Transposing Score or not.
If you’re working with text, look to the status bar for a quick read on whether Layout > Magnetic Layout is on or off for the item you’ve selected, and to tell you the font and size of the text.
Ever wonder what notehead is being used for a particular note? The status bar tells you that too; helpful in a situation like this to figure out why no sound was coming from this staff (silent noteheads).
Over on the right-hand side, you’ll see a few options for quickly switching between various page views, Panorama, and zoom levels.
If you’re loading sounds from Sibelius’s own library or from another one, the status bar will give you a readout of Sibelius’s progress.
Now that you know about it, it’s time to confer a new status on this little-heralded Sibelius feature.