Changing the paragraph style of text

You can change the paragraph style that is applied to individual staff/system text objects and within individual text frames, including on master pages. For example, if you want to use one paragraph style for page numbers in full score layouts and another for page numbers in part layouts.


  • If you want to use a different paragraph style to the ones provided by default, you have created a new paragraph style.

  • If you want to change the paragraph style of text on a master page, you have opened the master page in the master page editor.


  1. Double-click the text object or text frame whose paragraph style you want to change to open the text editor.
    • To open the text editor for text objects, you must be in Write mode. For text frames, you can be in Write mode or Engrave mode.

    • When Frames is selected in the Engrave toolbox, you can also select text frames and press Return.

  2. Select the text whose paragraph style you want to change.

    You can apply different paragraph styles to separate paragraphs in the same text frame.

  3. Select a paragraph style from the paragraph style menu in the text editor.
  4. Press Esc or Ctrl/Cmd-Return to close the text editor.


The paragraph style of the selected paragraphs is changed. For example, if you select a single word, the whole paragraph containing that word is changed.