The playhead is a vertical line that moves during playback, showing the current rhythmic position. It is also known as a “playback line”.

The playhead appears at all times in Play mode and during playback in other modes, and its current position is displayed in both the Transport window and the mini transport in the toolbar. You can also choose to show the playhead when playback is stopped in other modes.

Figure 1. The playhead in the Key Editor

Dorico Elements automatically keeps the playhead in view during playback by moving it along with the music, but you can also move the playhead manually. Dorico Elements tries to keep systems in the same place on the screen when it scrolls along with the playhead for consistency as you follow your music.


The playhead never appears in Print mode.