If you have created custom House Styles or Manuscript Paper in Sibelius, it has been somewhat difficult to remove those files. The Sibelius user manual gives the instruction to navigate to the root folder of Sibelius to delete the files. While this option works, it is not the easiest to apply.

C:\Users\username\Application Data\Avid\Sibelius\

Mac OS X:
/Users/username/Library/Application Support/Avid/Sibelius

Bob Zawalich has created a plug-in that will automate this process. The plug-in has been published and is called:  Delete User-Editable Files 

Below is a description of the plug-in:

Lets you delete any .sib or .lib files in any of the subfolders of your User-Editable Files folder, including the subfolders for House Styles (.lib) and Manuscript Papers (.sib). To delete user plugins use File-Plug-ins-Edit Plug-ins. See Working With Files in the Sibelius Reference.

This plugin can only delete files you have created yourself, not files that ship with Sibelius (which is a good thing).

Choose a subfolder name, and then use Delete to delete any of the files in that folder. After deleting files you may need to close and restart Sibelius to ensure that there is no in-memory copy of any of these files still in use.

Be sure that you want to delete these files – there is no Undo available.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich

To install the plug-in:

  1. Open a score in Sibelius
  2. From the File tab choose Plug-ins > Install Plug-ins
  3. Go to Batch Processing > Delete User-Editable Files
  4. Click Install.

To run the plug-in after it is installed:

  1. Go to Home > Plug-ins > Batch Processing > Delete User-Editable Files.
  2. Choose the folder and delete files as needed.
  3. Be sure you want to delete the files, there is no undo option.

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For more information on user-editable files, check out Bob’s post in the Scoring Notes Blog from 2015. https://www.scoringnotes.com/tutorials/user-folders-and-user-editable-files-in-sibelius/

Thank you, Bob, for writing this helpful plug-in.