How often do you access the guitar fretboard in Sibelius?
That’s what I thought. Now, how often do you export PDFs from Sibelius?
More often than you access the fretboard? Yet the fretboard has a default shortcut, and Export PDF doesn’t.
Let’s fix that.
Head over to File > Preferences (or, since we’re all about shortcuts today, Command-comma on Mac or Ctrl+comma on Windows) and head to the Keyboard Shortcuts window. In Tab or category choose the File tab, and in Feature, scroll down until you find Export PDF.
Click Add… and let’s reassign the Fretboard shortcut, Command-Alt-E on Mac or Ctrl+Alt+E on Windows, for Export PDF instead.
You’ll get a warning message:
Click Yes, and click OK to exit the dialog. Now, exporting PDFs from Sibelius will be right at your fingertips.
Of course, there’s nothing very special about setting a shortcut to this feature — you can set custom shortcuts for lots of Sibelius features. But in my particular instance, the number of times I have exported a PDF from Sibelius compared to using the fretboard is literally incalculable, because I’ve not once used the fretboard. Yet it was taking up a precious and easy-to-remember shortcut.
Exporting PDFs is a built-in Sibelius feature. But if you want to take it to the next level, check out Bob Zawalich’s Save and Export plug-in, from which you can not only export a PDF, but optionally export files as earlier Sibelius versions and in MusicXML format, too.
I should say that if you do use the fretboard a lot, but never use some other feature, the same concept applies. No disrespect intended to our fretboard-loving friends! Just choose a different unused or underused feature you wish to replace.
And if you are shortcut-averse, but like the idea of speeding up Sibelius anyway, there’s always our Notation Express profile for Stream Deck and Stream Deck Mobile, which has hundreds of default and custom shortcuts pre-programmed in — although I must admit, I hadn’t thought to add Export PDF to Notation Express until just now. So if you’re a Notation Express user, you won’t find it there — yet. Something to look forward to in a future update!