Hiding/Showing bar numbers

You can hide/show bar numbers in each layout independently, including showing them at different frequencies. For example, you can show bar numbers every bar in full score layouts but only at the start of each system in part layouts.


  1. Press Ctrl/Cmd-Shift-L to open Layout Options.
  2. In the Layouts list, select the layouts in which you want to hide/show bar numbers.

    By default, the layout currently open in the music area is selected when you open the dialog. You can select other layouts by using the selection options in the action bar, clicking and dragging across multiple layouts, Shift-clicking adjacent layouts, and Ctrl/Cmd-clicking individual layouts.

  3. In the category list, click Bar Numbers.
  4. In the Frequency subsection, choose one of the following options for Show bar numbers:
    • Every system

    • Every n bars

    • Every bar

    • None

  5. Optional: If you chose Every n bars, set a custom frequency for bar numbers by changing the value for Interval.
  6. Click Apply, then Close.


Bar numbers are hidden in the selected layouts when you choose None, and shown at the corresponding frequency when you choose any other option.

Changing the Interval value changes how frequently bar numbers are shown. For example, setting an interval value of 10 means that bar numbers are shown every tenth bar.


You can also hide individual bar numbers in layouts where bar numbers are shown by selecting them and activating Hide bar number in the Time Signatures group of the Properties panel.