Inputting clefs with the panel

You can input clefs using the Clefs panel, both during step input and by adding them to existing music.

  • In Dorico Pro, you cannot hide clefs. Therefore, if you do not want to show any clef, you must input an invisible clef.

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


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

    • Select the note from which you want a new clef to start.

  2. In the Notations toolbox, click Clefs to show the Clefs panel.
  3. In the Clefs panel, click the clef you want.


During step input, clefs are input at the caret position. Note input continues after inputting the clef, so you can continue inputting notes and clefs as required.

When you add clefs to existing music, clefs are added directly before a selected notehead, and apply to all notes on that staff until the next clef, or the end of the flow.

Clefs apply to all notes on the staff until the next clef or the end of the flow, whichever comes first.