Inputting arpeggio signs with the panel

You can input arpeggio signs on existing notes using the Ornaments panel. You can also input cross-staff arpeggio signs between notes in different staves that belong to the same instrument, such as piano or harp.

  • You can only add one arpeggio sign to one note or chord at a time, and you cannot input arpeggio signs with the mouse during step input.

  • These steps describe inputting with the default mouse input preference Create item at selection.

    You cannot create cross-staff and cross-voice arpeggio signs if your preference is set to Load pointer with item.


  1. In Write mode, select the existing notes to which you want to add an arpeggio sign.
    • For instruments with multiple staves, such as piano and harp, you can select existing notes in multiple staves to create cross-staff arpeggio signs. However, you cannot create cross-staff arpeggio signs between different instruments.

    • Arpeggio signs are added to all notes in the same voice at the selected rhythmic position.

  2. In the Notations toolbox, click Ornaments to show the Ornaments panel.
  3. In the Ornaments panel, click the arpeggio sign you want in the Arpeggiation section.


The arpeggio sign specified is input to the left of the selected note or chord. Its length is adjusted automatically so that it spans the range of all notes in the selected voice at that rhythmic position.