Positioning fermatas on barlines

You can position individual fermatas over a barline instead of over a note to indicate a gap before the start of the following bar.


Fermatas cannot be positioned on barlines if Max. fermatas per staff is also activated.


  1. Select the fermatas you want to position over barlines. You can do this in Write mode and Engrave mode.
  2. In the Properties panel, activate Attach to barline in the Holds and Pauses group.


The selected fermatas are positioned above the barline at the end of the bars they were in originally, appearing only above staves that are not joined by the barline. Depending on the instrumentation, this may mean they only appear at the top of the system.

Deactivating Attach to barline returns the selected fermatas to their default positions.