Inputting notes with rhythm dots

The Dotted Notes tool allows you to input notes with rhythm dots and add rhythm dots to existing notes. You can input notes with up to four rhythm dots.


  1. In Write mode, do one of the following:
    • Start note input.

    • Select existing notes to which you want to add rhythm dots.

  2. Select a note value in any of the following ways:
    • Press the number on your computer keyboard that corresponds to the rhythmic value you want. For example, press 6 for quarter notes (crotchets), 5 for eighth notes (quavers), 7 for half notes (minims), and so on.

    • Click the rhythmic value you want in the Notes panel on the left of the window.

  3. Add a rhythm dot in any of the following ways:
    • Press . (period).

    • In the Notes toolbox, activate Dotted Notes.


    The tool remains activate until you either select a different note duration or deactivate it.

  4. Optional: Press Alt-. (dot) to change the number of rhythm dots.

    Dotted Notes in the Notes toolbox updates to indicate the current number of rhythm dots. You can input notes with up to four rhythm dots.

  5. Press Esc or Return to stop note input.


During step input, notes are input as dotted notes until you deactivate Dotted Notes or change the note duration.

If you add rhythm dots to multiple existing notes that would then overlap, Dorico adjusts the duration of notes in the selection to avoid deleting notes at the end of the selection.


Figure: A phrase containing eighth notes

Figure: After adding rhythm dots to the whole selection