Changing the vertical position of markers

You can show markers above the system, below the system, or on a separate single-line timecode staff above a selected bracketed instrument family group, which can make them clearer in the score. When markers are shown on a timecode staff, timecodes are also automatically shown below the timecode staff.


You cannot show multiple timecode staves in a system.


  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 vertical position of markers.

    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, clicking and dragging across multiple layouts, Shift-clicking adjacent layouts, and Ctrl/Cmd-clicking individual layouts.

  3. In the category list, click Markers and Timecode.
  4. In the Markers subsection, choose one of the following options for Vertical position:
    • Above system

    • Below system

    • Timecode staff

  5. Optional: If you chose Timecode staff, select the bracketed instrument family above which you want to show the timecode staff from the Position timecode staff above bracket menu.
  6. Click Apply, then Close.


The vertical position of markers is changed in the selected layouts.

  • If you show markers on a timecode staff, timecodes are also shown on the staff by default. If you only want to show markers on a separate staff and exclude timecodes, you must then change Timecode frequency on timecode staff to Never.

    You can also change the vertical position of timecodes so they appear above/below the start of systems rather than on the timecode staff.

  • You can change the default distance between the timecode staff and other staves on the Vertical Spacing page in Layout Options.

After Completing This Task

  • You can edit the font used for markers and timecodes shown on a timecode staff.

  • You can change the frequency of timecodes on the timecode staff.