Respelling notes

You can change the enharmonic spelling of notes so they are shown as their enharmonic equivalents, for example, to show the stepwise movement in a phrase clearly, or to avoid altered unisons in a chord. You can do this for all layouts or just for part layouts.

Dorico Pro uses an algorithm that automatically decides the spelling of pitches, based on key signature and context.

There are always at least three options for every pitch, as Dorico Pro allows enharmonic spellings to show up to two accidental glyphs. This means the same note can be spelled four ways if the original pitch can be spelled with the note name either two notes below or two notes above, using a maximum of two accidental glyphs. For example, B is a possible enharmonic spelling of G because a triple-flat uses a single accidental glyph, whereas an F uses two accidental glyphs.


  1. In the music area, open the layout in which you want to respell accidentals.

    If you respell accidentals in a full score layout, this also affects their spelling in part layouts. However, if you respell accidentals in part layouts, this only affects their spelling in that part layout.

  2. Select the notes you want to respell.

    If you want to respell individual noteheads in tie chains, you must be in Engrave mode.

  3. Respell the selected notes in any of the following ways:
    • To respell them upwards, press Alt/Opt-=.

    • To respell them downwards, press Alt/Opt--.


The enharmonic spelling of the selected notes is changed.


Figure 1. A G sharp
Figure 2. When respelled downwards, the G sharp becomes an F triple-sharp
Figure 3. When respelled upwards, the G sharp becomes an A flat
Figure 4. When respelled upwards again, the G sharp becomes a B triple-flat