Transposing key signatures alongside selections

You can transpose key signatures at the same time as transposing notes, which transposes both key signatures and notes by the same degree.


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


  1. In Write mode, make a selection that includes both a key signature change and notes.
  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. Activate Transpose key signatures.

    It is activated automatically if your selection includes a key signature.

  5. Click OK to save your changes and close the dialog.


All notes and key signatures within the selection are transposed by the degree you set in the dialog.


If a key signature included in the transposed selection applies to all staves, then it is transposed on all staves in the layout, even if your selection did not include all staves.

Individual key signatures, that is, key signatures added only to single staves using the Alt key, are transposed if included in a selection, but this does not affect any other staff in the layout.