Let’s get right to it: If you need to move a note up or down chromatically, use the shortcuts Shift-Page Up and Shift-Page Down, respectively. These shortcuts were newly introduced in Sibelius 7, but somehow never made their way into the main Reference.
Take this passage:
If you want to quickly change this passage from C major to C minor:
- Select the passage (i.e., by clicking in the bar)
- Filter the second note by going to Home > Select > Filters > 2nd Note or Single Notes (or, since we’re all about speed and shortcuts today, use Ctrl+Alt+2 (PC) or Opt-Cmd-2 (Mac)
- Move the second note down chromatically by using the shortcut Shift-Page Down
- Get outside this weekend and enjoy all of the time you saved
One more tip: hit Return to respell the note(s) if needed — useful if you wanted to use the Shift-Page Down shortcut to change the entire chord to C flat major, as Sibelius would first spell it as B major.