Hiding/Showing time signatures

You can hide/show time signatures without deleting them from your project. This hides/shows them in all layouts, not just the one currently open in the music area.


  1. Select the time signatures you want to hide, or the signposts of time signatures you want to show.
  2. In the Properties panel, activate/deactivate Hide time signature in the Time Signatures group.


The selected time signatures are hidden in all layouts when Hide time signature is activated, and shown when it is deactivated.

Signposts are shown at the position of each hidden time signature. However, signposts are not printed by default.

  • Hidden time signatures do not take up any horizontal space, so hiding/showing time signatures affects note spacing.

  • You can hide/show time signature signposts by choosing View > Signposts > Time Signatures. Time signature signposts are shown when a tick appears beside Time Signatures in the menu, and hidden when no tick appears.

    You can choose to print time signature signposts if you activate View options in the Annotations section of the Print Options panel on the right of the window in Print mode.

  • You can assign a key command for Hide/Show Item on the Key Commands page in Preferences, which applies to chord symbols, playing techniques, figured bass, text objects, and time signatures.