Master pages

Master pages in Dorico allow the same formatting to be applied to different pages in different layouts.


Page size and margins, page orientation, and staff size for full score and part layouts are specified in Setup > Layout Options.

All pages in your score and parts inherit their layout formats from master pages. Whenever you create or change anything on master pages, this is automatically reflected on the pages that use these master pages. For example, if you insert a new frame on a master page, a corresponding frame appears on all the pages that use that master frame.

In Dorico, master pages consist of page pairs. Every page pair has a left and a right master page, so that if a page in your project falls on a left page, the formatting of the left page of the master page pair is used, and if a page falls on a right page, the formatting of the right page of the master page pair is used.

Dorico provides default master pages with page pairs for first (First) and subsequent (Default) pages. This enables you to format first pages differently compared to subsequent pages. Page pairs are contained in master page sets for full score and part layouts. Master page sets are automatically applied to every layout that you create.

If you want to change the master page sets or to change the format of the master pages, you can do so in any of the following ways:

  • Create new master pages and master page sets.

  • Edit the default master pages in the master page sets using the master page editor.

  • Override individual master pages.