Transposing selections

You can transpose whole flows or specific selections, including selected key signatures, using the Transpose dialog.


Dorico Pro automatically shows the appropriate key signatures for transposing instruments in transposing layouts.


  1. Optional: In Write mode, select the region you want to transpose.
    • If you want to transpose key signatures, you must include them in your selection.

    • If nothing is selected, the whole flow in which you last selected a note/item is transposed.

  2. Choose Write > Transpose to open the Transpose dialog.
  3. Adjust the parameters required for your transposition, such as interval and quality.
    • We recommend using the Calculate interval section to determine your required settings; for example, if you want to transpose from G major to G major.

    • Different intervals have different possible qualities. For example, you can specify a major third but not a major octave. Therefore, if you want to set your transposition parameters manually, we recommend selecting the interval before the quality.

  4. Optional: If you want to transpose any key signatures in the flow or included in your selection, activate Transpose key signatures.
  5. Click OK to save your changes and close the dialog.


All notes in your selection, or all notes in the flow if nothing was selected, are transposed according to the interval or number of divisions of the octave specified in the Transpose dialog. If your selection included key signatures and you activated Transpose key signatures, all key signatures in the selection are also transposed.

Any figured bass shown on the affected staves is also transposed accordingly.

Key signatures that apply to all staves are transposed on all staves in the layout, even if your selection did not include all staves. Key signatures that apply only to single staves are transposed if they are included in a selection, but this does not affect any other staff in the layout.