Changing the default music frame margins

You can change the default margins in all music frames in each layout independently. For example, you might want more padding at the top of music frames in part layouts containing lots of notes above the staff.


  1. Press Ctrl/Cmd-Shift-L to open Layout Options.
  2. In the Layouts list, select the layouts whose music frame margins you want to change.

    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 Page Setup.
  4. In the Music Frame Margins section, change the values for the following options, individually or together:
    • Top

    • Bottom

  5. Click Apply, then Close.


The margins within all music frames in the selected layouts are changed.

  • Top sets the gap between the top edges of music frames and the top staff line of the highest staff in the frame.

  • Bottom sets the gap between the bottom edges of music frames and the bottom staff line of the lowest staff in the frame.

For example, when the bottom music frame margin is set to 0, the bottom staff line of the lowest staff in the frame aligns with the bottom edge of the music frame.

  • Notes and notations above the highest staff and below the lowest staff extend into music frame margins.

  • If you want to change the music frame margins on individual pages, you can do this by changing the padding in music frames individually.