Changing the vertical position of timecodes

You can show timecodes either above/below the start of systems or on a separate single-line staff in each layout independently. For example, you can show timecodes and markers on a separate timecode staff in full score layouts but show only timecodes above the start of systems in part layouts.


You cannot show timecodes on multiple staves in a system.


If you want to show timecodes on a separate staff, you have changed the vertical position of markers so they appear on a separate staff.


  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 timecodes.

    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 Timecode subsection, choose one of the following options for Show timecode:
    • Above or below start of system

    • Below timecode staff

  5. Optional: If you chose Above or below start of system, choose one of the following options for Timecode position relative to system:
    • Above system

    • Below system

  6. Optional: If you chose Above or below start of system and want to change the gap between timecodes and the staff, change the values in the Offset at start of system value fields.
  7. Click Apply, then Close.


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


Your setting for Timecode frequency on timecode staff also applies when timecodes are shown above/below the start of systems.