Hiding/Showing bar number enclosures

You can optionally show bar numbers in either a rectangular or circular enclosure in each layout independently, for example, if you want bar numbers to appear with rectangle enclosures in the full score layout so the conductor can easily see them but with no enclosures in part layouts, where pages tend to be less busy.

Bar numbers in enclosures automatically erase their backgrounds.


  1. Press Ctrl/Cmd-Shift-L to open Layout Options.
  2. In the Layouts list, select the layouts in which you want to change the bar number enclosure type.

    By default, the layout currently open in the music area is selected when you open the dialog. You can select other layouts by using the selection options in the action bar, Shift-clicking adjacent layouts, and Ctrl/Cmd-clicking individual layouts.

  3. Click Bar Numbers in the category list.
  4. In the Appearance subsection, choose one of the following options for Enclosure type:
    • None

    • Rectangle

    • Circle

  5. Click Apply, then Close.


Bar numbers in the selected layouts are shown within your selected enclosure type. The size of the enclosure is relative to the font size of the bar numbers, but the size and shape of the enclosure are also determined by your padding values.


Figure 1. Bar number with no enclosure
Figure 2. Bar number with a rectangle enclosure
Figure 3. Bar number with a circle enclosure