The stem direction of the note stems (up/down) is basically determined by MusiCAD. There are two ways to enforce otherwise:
- part wise
- Force all stems in one direction for one part using the score dialog. Useful when there are more parts allocated to a staff. The part stem direction effectively has three possibilities: automatic (the usual state) forced up, or forced down. When a part has all stems up, you can undo forced stem direction by clicking the stem direction button again.
- individual clusters
- Individual notes/clusters can be forced in the desired direction with keyboard shortcuts <ctrl-> <ctrl->. Explicit stem direction of individual clusters takes precedence over the direction per part. If there are more note-heads on one stem, each with its own stem and stem direction, these must first be disengaged with <'>. The stem direction effectively has three possibilities: automatic (the usual state) forced up, or forced down. Forced stem direction again cancels the effect.