Swapping the order of voices

Dorico Elements automatically positions notes with the noteheads partially overlapping, in order to minimize the horizontal space they occupy and maintain the clarity of the rhythm. You can manually swap the order in which opposing voices are positioned horizontally. You can do this for the current layout and frame chain only, or for all layouts and frame chains.


You have chosen the appropriate property scope for local properties.


  1. Select the notes whose order you want to change. You can do this in Write mode and Engrave mode.
  2. Choose Edit > Notations > Voices > Swap Voice Order. You can also choose this option from the context menu.


The voice order of the selected notes is changed by changing their voice column index. If the property scope was set to Locally, this change only takes effect in the current layout and frame chain.


If you want to revert voices to their default voice order, we recommend that you reset their voice column by deactivating Voice column index in the Notes and Rests group of the Properties panel instead of swapping their voice order again.


Figure 1. Interlocking notes in opposing voices positioned notehead to notehead.
Figure 2. Interlocking notes in opposing voices positioned stem to stem.