Inserting system breaks

You can insert system breaks at any rhythmic position.


If you want to insert system breaks in the middle of multi-bar rests, you have either hidden multi-bar rests in the layout or split multi-bar rests at the required positions.


  1. In Write mode, select a note or item at the rhythmic position where you want to insert a system break.

    For example, if you select a clef, the clef is placed at the end of the system, and the notes are moved to the start of the next system.

  2. Choose Edit > System Break.


A system break is inserted immediately before the rhythmic position of the earliest selected item. All notations after the system break are moved to the next system.


If you insert a system break in the middle of a phrase in a two-bar or four-bar repeat region, Dorico Elements does not automatically move the system break to before/after the phrase, causing it to be split across the system break.