Moving clefs rhythmically

You can move clefs to new rhythmic positions after they have been input.


  1. In Write mode, select the clefs you want to move.
    • You cannot select initial clefs at the start of flows or clefs shown automatically at the start of each system.

    • When using the mouse, you can only move one clef rhythmically at a time.

  2. Move the clefs according to the current rhythmic grid resolution in any of the following ways:
    • Press Alt/Opt-Right Arrow to move them to the right.

    • Press Alt/Opt-Left Arrow to move them to the left.

    • Click and drag the clef to the right/left.


The selected clefs are moved to new rhythmic positions. They take effect from their new positions until the next clef, or the end of the flow, whichever comes first.

  • You can only move clefs along staves. If you want to move a clef across staves, you must delete the clef and input a new clef on the other staff.

  • Only one clef can exist at each rhythmic position, except for clefs that only apply to single staves. If a clef passes over another clef as part of its move, the existing clef is deleted.

    You can undo this action, but any clefs deleted in the process are only restored if you moved the clef using the keyboard.