Layout Options dialog

The Layout Options dialog provides multiple options that allow you to make changes that affect the way the notation is laid out on pages of each layout.

You can change the physical properties of the layout, such as page size, staff size, or margins, and the notation, such as note spacing or staff labels.

Tip

You can save all options that you set in Layout Options as the default for new projects by selecting a layout type from the Layout type menu and clicking Save as Default.

You can open Layout Options in any of the following ways:

  • Press Ctrl/Cmd-Shift-L in any mode.

  • Choose Setup > Layout Options in Setup mode.

  • Click Layout Options in the Layouts panel in Setup mode.

Figure: Layout Options

The Layout Options dialog contains the following:

  1. Page list

    Contains the categories of options that you can view and change in the dialog, divided into pages. When you click a page in this list, any applicable section titles appear below the page in the page list.

  2. Section titles

    Shows the titles of any sections on the selected page. You can click these section titles to navigate directly to that section of the page.

  3. Section

    Pages are divided into sections, which can contain multiple options. Sections that contain many options are divided into subsections. For options that have multiple possible settings, the current setting is highlighted.

  4. Layouts list

    Contains all the layouts in your project. You can select one, multiple, or all layouts. You can select multiple layouts in any of the following ways:

    • Click one of the selection options in the action bar.

    • Ctrl/Cmd-click to select multiple layouts.

    • Shift-click to select multiple adjacent layouts.

  5. Action bar

    Contains selection options that allow you to select layouts in the Layouts list according to their type.

    • Select All selects all layouts, regardless of their type.

    • Select All Full Score Layouts selects all full score layouts only.

    • Select All Part Layouts selects all part layouts only.

    • Select All Custom Score Layouts selects all custom score layouts only.

  6. Layout type

    Allows you to select the layout type for which you want to save your settings as the default. For example, you can save new default settings for part layouts without affecting the default settings for full score layouts.

  7. Save as Default/Remove Saved Defaults

    This button has different functions depending on whether you have existing saved defaults for the selected layout type.

    • Save as Default saves all options currently set in the dialog as the default for the selected layout type in new projects.

    • Remove Saved Defaults deletes your previous saved defaults without resetting the options in the current project. After removing your saved defaults, all layouts of the selected type in future projects start with the default factory settings. If you have existing saved defaults, you can access Remove Saved Defaults by pressing Alt.

  8. Reset to Factory/Reset to Saved Defaults

    This button has different functions depending on whether you have existing saved defaults for the selected layout type.

    • If you have no saved defaults for the selected layout type, this button is Reset to Factory, which resets all the options in the dialog back to the default factory settings for the selected layout type.

    • If you have existing saved defaults for the selected layout type, this button is Reset to Saved Defaults, which resets all the options in the dialog back to your saved defaults for the selected layout type. You can access Reset to Factory instead by pressing Alt. Resetting options back to the default factory settings only affects the selected layout type in the current project and does not delete your saved defaults, meaning future projects still start with your saved defaults.