Note Stems

You can flip the direction and edit the length of note stems.

The direction of stems depends on different factors and the priority of the settings. On conflict, the grouping under beams has the highest priority and the settings made on the Polyphonic tab the lowest. The following is taken into account:

  • How notes are grouped under beams

  • If beams have been moved manually

  • The Flip Stems function

  • How the note information is set for each note

  • If Staff Mode is set to polyphonic voices in the Score Settings dialog (StaffPolyphonic tab)


Make sure to flip the stem first, if needed. If you adjust the stem length of a note and then flip it, the stem is reset to its default length.


If you have enabled Active in the Fixed Stems section of the Score Settings dialog (StaffOptions tab), a lot of the automatic stem length settings are ignored. However, you can still edit the stem length and direction of individual notes.