Hi Jakeness,you can make rests invisible - |Rest Properties|Visibility (tab)|Show on printed - Never|For what you're wanting this will probably be fine, but the rest takes no horizontal space of its own - not really a problem if there is a corresponding object on the layered staff to consume the space.Otherwise, you can use a usertool, like Global_mod, to move the rest off the page altogether (I usually set a rest offset of 2000 for this purpose). NB you can ONLY do this with a usertool, the NWC UI will only allow you to set a maximum offset of + or - 15.Global_mod syntax for this is: Rest Opts.VertOffset=2000
where to find |Rest Properties|Visibility (tab)
I would prefer to avoid using vertical offset in staff properties.
(a) highlight the object, e.g. the rest - you do that by placing the cursor to the left of it and pressing Shift-right_arrow (right_arrow is the key to go right).(b) then you either press Alt-Enter; or you press right-click on your mouse, which shows a small menu - the last entry is "Properties ...".
<snip>N.B. My suggestion is: forget the Rest Opts.VertOffset=2000 trick. It was used loong loong ago and now is only an annoyance. (Sorry Lawrie!)
... I had used the "X" command to add chords above the top staff, for the benefit of guitars playing along. These chords were caught when I highlighted the rests. When I hid the rests, the chords were hidden as well. I tried vertical offset for the chord placement,
... invisible notes/rests consuming no horizontal space.
Lawrie will know this, but new users might not:To make notes invisible without losing the horizontal space, use blank noteheads and stem length = zero.
I'm using NWC ver. 2.75a.2 and have not succeeded in preventing rests from colliding with notes of other staffs when layering. I would prefer to avoid using vertical offset in staff properties. All that does is exile the rests to limbo somewhere above the staff, and this looks just as bad in the hard copy printout. Previous versions of NWC apparently had a Hide Rest feature but either my version doesn't or I can't find it. Ideas....?
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