Moving individual staves/systems vertically

You can change the spacing of individual staves by changing the vertical position of individual staves and systems independently of your project-wide settings.


  1. In the Formatting panel, activate Staff Spacing.

    When using the mouse, you can only move one staff/system at a time.

  2. Select one of the following on each staff/system you want to move vertically:
    • Staff spacing handle

    • System spacing handle


    You can switch between having a staff or system spacing handle selected by pressing Tab.

  3. Move the selected staves/systems in any of the following ways:
    • Press Alt-Up Arrow to move them upwards.

    • Press Alt-Down Arrow to move them downwards.


      If you want to move handles by larger increments, you can press Ctrl/Cmd as well as the standard key command, for example, Ctrl/Cmd-Alt-Up Arrow.

    • Click and drag a single staff/system spacing handle upwards/downwards.


The vertical position of the selected staves/systems is changed. The color of the handles is changed to indicate that you have moved them.


Figure: Staff spacing handles at their default positions

Figure: The second staff has been moved upwards