Here are half a dozen useful keyboard shortcuts for Sibelius that you should add to your arsenal if they’re not already engrained into your muscle memory.
1. Select More
Being able to select objects in the score efficiently is one of the keys to working quickly with Sibelius. Edit > Select > Select More, which has the shortcut Ctrl+Shift+A (Windows) or Shift–Command–A (Mac), allows you to quickly select all similar text along the width of a system.
For example, you can select all lyrics on a system by selecting one lyric, then hitting the shortcut for Select More. This can be a useful first step, to be followed by…
2. Filter dynamics
An alternative to Select More is to use one of Sibelius’s powerful filters. You can select both Expression text and hairpin lines in a single operation via Shift+Alt+D, the shortcut for Edit > Filter > Dynamics.
3. Align in a Row
Once you have your text objects selected, hit Ctrl+Shift+R (Windows) or Shift–Command–R (Mac) to align the text in a row, taking the average of the vertical positions of all of the selected objects. This is the shortcut for Layout > Align in a Row, and it works not only with text, but also other objects such as chord symbols, lines (very handy for pedal lines!), and so on.
4. Select Bars
There are lots of quick ways to select bars in Sibelius: click in a blank bit of staff to select that bar in that staff, double-click to select to the end of the system, and triple-click to select the staff throughout the score; hold Shift and you can extend the selection across a range of staves, or hold Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac) to add a non-adjacent staff to the selection.
But another shortcut for selection you should try out is Ctrl+Alt+A (Windows) or Opt–Command–A (Mac), which is the shortcut for Edit > Select > Select Bars. This shows a useful little dialog in which you can specify the start and end range of bars to be selected, without needing to scroll to the end of the score.
5. Select System Passage
If you want to copy and paste a selection that includes system objects like time and key signatures, rehearsal marks and special barlines (such as repeat barlines), you need to copy a system passage rather than a regular passage. System passages are shown by double purple boxes enclosing the selected bars rather than single light blue boxes.
A quick way of converting an existing passage selection to a system selection is via the shortcut Shift+Alt+A, the shortcut for Edit > Select > Select System Passage.
6. Go to start/end of selection
Once you’ve made a big selection, it can be very useful to move between the start and the end of the selection: use Shift–Home to bring the start of the selection into view, and Shift–End to bring the end of the selection into view.