Page templates in Dorico

Page templates in Dorico Elements allow you to achieve consistent page formatting by applying the same arrangements of frames to multiple pages and in different layouts.

Frames are boxes in which you can display text, music, and graphics. The default page templates contain a large music frame that takes up most of the page and text frames at the top and bottom. On the first page of music, text frames display the project title, lyricist, and composer. On the second page of music onwards, text frames display the page number and flow title for the top flow on that page in scores, and the layout name in parts.

All pages in your scores and parts inherit their default formatting from page templates.

Dorico Elements provides different types of page templates so that there is appropriate page formatting for first pages independently of subsequent pages, as the first page typically includes additional information, such as the title, composer, and copyright. Dorico Elements uses tokens to display this additional information.

Page templates are contained in page template sets. By default, Dorico Elements provides separate page template sets for full score and part layouts. Page template sets are automatically applied to every layout that you create.

  • In Dorico Elements, you cannot edit page templates or create new ones; this is only available in Dorico Pro.

  • Changing individual pages in layouts is considered a page template override in Dorico Elements. This includes, for example, editing the title or running header in Write mode. Pages with page template overrides are not automatically deleted, even if they are empty because the layout became shorter.

    If you want to change the information shown at the tops of pages, that is, the title and running header text that you cannot select, we recommend that you do so in the Project Info dialog to avoid page template overrides. The big title at the top of the first page is the project title. The running header on subsequent pages uses the flow title for the top flow on that page in scores, and the layout name in parts.

Video tutorial about page templates (English)