Project – Notation Style Page

The Notation Style page allows you to specify how the score is displayed.

To open the Notation Style page of the Score Settings dialog, do one of the following:

  • Open the Score Editor, select Scores > Settings, select the Project tab, and in the Pages list, click Notation Style.

  • In the Score Editor, double-click to the left of a staff, select the Project tab, and in the Pages list, click Notation Style.


You must click Apply to apply your settings.

The Notation Style page is divided into several categories:


Use Click Patterns for Groupings

Allows you to use the click pattern for grouping and beaming.

Page Numbers


Adds an offset to the page numbering if you have inserted page numbers.


Key Changes for the Entire Project

Applies all key changes to the entire project. If you activate this, you cannot define different keys for different staves of your project.

Warnings for new Keys at Line Breaks

Shows key changes at the end of a line and at the beginning of the next line.

Show Naturals

If a change to another key occurs, naturals are inserted to nullify any sharps and flats that relate to the previous key.

Time Sign

Warnings for new Timesig at Line Breaks

Shows time signature changes at the end of a line and at the beginning of the next line.

Size of ‘Modern’ Time Signature

Allows you to adjust the size of modern time signatures.

Display Double Barlines on Timesig Change

Inserts double barlines at every time signature change in the score.


Warnings for New Clef at Line Breaks

Shows clef changes at line breaks at the end of a line and at the beginning of the next line.

Display Clef Changes as Small Symbols

Shows inserted clef changes as smaller symbols than at the beginning of the staff.

Staff Names

Show Staff Names to Left of Staff

Shows staff names to the left of the staff rather than above it.

Show Long Staff Names on new Pages

Displays the long staff name on the first staff of every page.


Grand Staff Barlines in old Choral Style

Shows barlines in grand staves in choral style so that they never cross the staves.

Break Barlines with Brackets

Breaks barlines above and below the bracketed staves to give a clearer indication of which staves belong together.

Break Last Brackets

Determines whether the breaking of bracketed staves also applies to the barline at the end of each row.

Hide First Barline in Parts

Hides the first barline of parts that you open in the Score Editor.

Rhythmic Notation

Filled Notehead

Allows you to select a notehead for quarter notes, eighth notes, sixteenth notes, etc.

Outlined Notehead

Allows you to select a notehead for whole notes and half notes.

Display Ties Across Barlines

If you activate this option, notes that are tied across barlines in regular notation are shown with a tie symbol in rhythmic notation.


Lyrics left-aligned to Note

Aligns lyrics with the left sides of notes.

Don’t Sync Lyrics

Keeps note positions when you insert lyrics.

Don’t Center Hyphens

Places hyphens adjacent to the preceding syllable when you separate your lyrics by syllables.

Bar Numbers

Show Every

Allows you to set how often bar numbers are shown above the bars.

First Bar Number to Barline

Shows the bar number on the first bar of each staff.

Show Range with Multi-Bar Rests

Shows the bar number for a multi-bar rest as a range.

Below Barlines

Shows bar numbers below the staff rather than above the staff.

Auto Space

Automatically adjusts the vertical position of the bar numbers depending on the contents of the bars.


Thick Beams

Shows beams as thick lines.

Show Small Slants as Flat Beams

Displays beams straight that would otherwise be slightly slanted.

Slanted Beams only Slightly Slanted

Displays beams only slightly slanted even if there is a significant pitch difference between the notes under the beam.

Multi-Bar Rests

Church Style

Shows multi-bar rests in church style, that is, with vertical bars, rather than with the regular, horizontal symbols.

Numbers above Symbol

Shows multiple rest numbers above the symbol.

Snap Rests moved with the Layout Tool

Snaps rest symbols vertically to the closest position on a line or exactly between two lines when you move a rest with the Layout tool.


Tuplet Brackets

Allows you to determine whether brackets embracing tuplet groups are shown always, never, or only when the tuplets are displayed on the head side.

Display Tuplet values by the Beams

Displays tuplets on the beam side of the notes instead of on the notehead side.

Suppress Recurring Tuplets

If you have several tuplets of the same type in the same bar, only the first group gets a number indication.

Show Tuplet Brackets as ‘Slurs’

Shows tuplet brackets with the same shape as slurs, as opposed to angled brackets.


Accents above Stems

Displays accent at the stem side of notes instead of by the notehead.

Accents above Staves

Displays accent note symbols above the staff, regardless of the stem direction of the notes. This setting overrides Accents above Stems.

Center Note-linked Symbols On Stems

Centers symbols that are linked to notes on the stems rather than on the noteheads.


Display Quantize Tool Affects All Voices

Applies changes that you perform with the Display Quantize tool to all voices on the staff.

Hide Pedal Markers

Hides pedal markers for MIDI sustain pedal messages that you have recorded from the score.

Hide Expression Map Symbols

Hides expression map symbols from the score.

Rehearsals: skip ‘J’

Skips the letter j when you use rehearsal letters in your score.

Draw Damper Pedals as

Allows you to specify if pedal up/down combinations are displayed as two symbols, as symbol plus bracket, or as two brackets.

H. W. Henze Style

Centered Stems

Centers noteheads above stems.

Flat Ties

Displays ties as flat lines, rather than as regular curved ties.

Beam-like Flags

Shows note flags as vertical lines.

Slanted Flags

Makes the flags slant downwards.

Accidentals for Each Note

Shows accidentals for both notes in a tied pair.

Special Braces

Uses simpler types of braces.

Beamed Rests

Shows beams for rests.


You must click Apply for the changes to take effect.