View types

In Dorico Elements there are different ways to view your layouts. Dorico Elements saves your chosen view type for each layout, so you only need to set it once.

The following view types are available:

Galley View

Lays out all the staves in the current layout and flow on a single continuous system.

This view type is most useful during the process of inputting the music as it allows you to focus on the musical content of your project. Because it shows all staves, galley view is particularly useful when inputting notes for solo players holding multiple instruments.

By default, bar numbers are shown every bar above every staff. Staff labels are also shown above every staff, and follow the view as you scroll so they are always visible.


Note spacing in galley view is unjustified, meaning it neither expands nor contracts to fit the width of a page or a music frame. However, changes made to note spacing in galley view also apply to page view.

Additionally, there is no automatic vertical collision avoidance in galley view, so notes and items might overlap.

Page View

Displays your layout paginated exactly as it appears when you print or export it.

This view type is useful if you want to view spreads or single pages. Spreads allow you to work out page turns, because the performer only needs to turn the page at the end of the right-hand page of a pair. Viewing single pages can be helpful if you want to print the layout as a series of single pages. This might be necessary if you are using, for example, a fan-fold or concertina approach, in which case the distinction between left- and right-hand pages is insignificant.


You can change the default view type used for all future projects on the General page in Preferences.