Erasing the background of chord symbols

You can erase the background of individual chord symbols; for example, to ensure chord symbols remain legible when crossing barlines. You can do this for the current layout and frame chain only, or for all layouts and frame chains.


  • The lower zone is shown.

  • Properties is selected in the lower zone toolbar.

  • Graphic Editing Graphic Editing button is selected in the Engrave toolbox.

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


  1. In Engrave mode, select the chord symbols whose backgrounds you want to erase.
  2. In the Properties panel, activate Erase background in the Chord Symbols group.


The backgrounds of the selected chord symbols are erased. If the property scope was set to Locally, this change only takes effect in the current layout and frame chain.

Deactivating Erase background returns the selected chord symbols to the default non-erased background.


Figure 1. Chord symbol with non-erased background
Figure 2. Chord symbol with erased background