Moving text objects graphically

In Engrave mode, you can move text objects that you input in Write mode without changing the rhythmic positions to which they are attached. You can move both staff text and system text, including moving individual instances of system text independently of other instances shown at different staff positions. You can move staff text in the current layout and frame chain only or in all layouts and frame chains.


These steps do not apply to text in text frames.


  • Graphic Editing is selected in the Engrave toolbox.

  • You have chosen the appropriate property scope for local properties.


  1. Select the text objects that you want to move.
  2. Move the text objects in any of the following ways:
    • Press Alt/Opt-Right Arrow to move them to the right.

    • Press Alt/Opt-Left Arrow to move them to the left.

    • Press Alt/Opt-Up Arrow to move them upwards.

    • Press Alt/Opt-Down Arrow to move them downwards.


      If you want to move items by larger increments, you can press Ctrl/Cmd as well as the standard key command, for example, Ctrl/Cmd-Alt/Opt-Left Arrow.

    • Click and drag them in any direction.


The selected text objects are moved to new positions. If the property scope was set to Locally, staff text objects are only moved in the current layout and frame chain.

  • Offset in the Common group of the Properties panel is activated automatically when you move text objects.

    • Offset X moves text objects horizontally.

    • Offset Y moves text objects vertically.

    You can also use this property to move text objects by changing the values in the value fields.

    Deactivating the property resets the selected items to their default position.

  • You can change the default positions of all text objects project-wide on the Text page in Engrave > Engraving Options.