Changing the octave of clefs

You can change the octave transposition of individual clefs, for example, to accommodate different horn and bass clarinet transposition conventions. You can change the octaves of clefs in concert pitch and transposed pitch layouts independently.


  • If you want to change the octave of initial clefs, you have input clefs at the start of each flow or overridden the default clefs in the required layouts.

  • You have opened a layout with the required transposition in the music area. For example, if you want to change the octave of clefs in concert pitch, you have opened a concert pitch layout.


  1. Select the clefs whose octave you want to change.
  2. In the Properties panel, activate Octave shift in the Clefs group.
  3. Change the value in the value field.


The octave of the selected clefs is changed in all layouts with the same transposition. For example, 1 shifts clefs up one octave, and -1 shifts clefs down one octave.

The pitches of notes on the staves of the selected clefs are adjusted automatically. For example, if you shift a clef up one octave, notes after the clef appear an octave lower than they do without the octave shift.