You activate edit mode by:
- pressing the button, or
- on the menu bar select [View|Edit], or
- with <F12> or
- clicking on the desired bar with the mouse.
A line with one or more staves will now be visible - the notation bar or edit screen - in which a melody can be entered and edited as if it were one long line. During editing, a large number of extra buttons become active on the button bar or get a different function.
A colored marker is always visible in edit mode: a cross, circle or block. This is the cursor. The cursor shape depends on the "thing" being pointed to; a cross for notes and rests and a little square for text, barlines and symbols such as crescendo etc.
When entering with arrow keys and <Enter>, the note cursor will be displayed as a circle once <> or <> have been used. This shows that the cursor is no longer on an existing note, but where a new note will be inserted (note that the text input mode by default is set to [Chord symbols]).
The status line of the notation bar shows information about the 'thing' where the cursor is.
To leave edit mode and return to the main screen:
- hit <Esc> or <F12>
- use menu item [View|Edit]