Remove a certain articulation from a passage in Sibelius

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On one of the social media forums for Sibelius users, someone asked this:

Is there a way that I’m missing to select all bow markings in a passage? (Copy and paste from Double Bass to Tuba, want to delete the bow markings without going one by one)

Best I can come up with is select the passage on the Tuba, press the upbow key twice and downbow twice. Not too tedious, just wondering if there’s a better way.

It turns out, the user asked and answered the question!

As my good friend and Scoring Notes contributor John Hinchey demonstrates in this little video (and this post on his own site), articulations are toggles — like on/off switches on a lighting panel.

That’s it!

And if you’re looking for the master switch to turn out all the lights, that’s what this key is for:

Now that you know the trick and you’ve got the idea of a panel of light switches in your head, why not pick up Notation Express or Notation Express XL (Stream Deck, Stream Deck Mobile or Stream Deck XL required) and do some real button-pushing:

As we’ve mentioned on a past Scoring Notes podcast episode, you can’t exactly filter articulations in Sibelius (although you can filter notes with articulations), but there are ways around that.

Sometimes you just need to know where to look.

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