Copying part formatting to other layouts

You can copy all the formatting from one layout to other layouts, for example, to save time if multiple part layouts in your project require similar formatting. You can include layout options, such as page size and margins, and other page formatting, such as system and frame breaks.


We do not recommend using layouts with multiple music frame chains as either source or destination layouts as you can get unexpected results.


  1. In the Layouts panel in Setup mode, right-click the card of the layout whose part formatting you want to copy and choose Propagate Part Formatting from the context menu.
  2. In the Propagate Part Formatting dialog, select the layout whose part formatting you want to copy in the Copy formatting from list.

    By default, the layout whose card you used to open the dialog is selected.

  3. In the Propagate formatting to list, select the layouts to which you want to copy part formatting.

    You can use the selection options in the action bar, Shift-click adjacent layouts, and Ctrl/Cmd-click individual layouts.

  4. Activate/Deactivate Include layout options.
  5. Activate/Deactivate Include system formatting.
  6. Click OK to copy part formatting to the selected layouts and close the dialog.


Part formatting from the selected source layout is copied to the selected destination layouts. However, overrides to individual pages made in Engrave mode are not propagated.

  • If you activated Include layout options, layout options are copied from the source layout to the destination layouts.

  • If you activated Include system formatting, Dorico Pro copies the distribution of bars in systems, systems on pages, and note spacing changes from the source layout to the destination layouts.


If the formatting of the source layout relies primarily on its Casting Off settings in Setup > Layout Options, it is likely that only activating Include layout options is sufficient to produce very similar formatting in the destination layouts without adding system/frame breaks on every system.