Opening projects/files

You can open Dorico projects at any time and in addition to other open projects; for example, if the project you want to open is not listed as a recent project in the list in the Hub. You can also open MusicXML and MIDI files.


  1. Open the File Explorer/macOS Finder in any of the following ways:
    • In the Hub, click Open or Import File.

    • Choose File > Open.

    • Choose File > Open Recent > [Project file name].

  2. Locate and select the files you want to open.
  3. Click Open.
  4. Optional: If you opened a MIDI file, change the settings as required in the MIDI Import Options dialog that opens.


The selected files are opened.

If you opened MusicXML or MIDI files, Dorico Elements creates new project files from the MusicXML or MIDI content, which you can save as default Dorico projects.

If MusicXML files include page size, margin, and staff size settings, Dorico Elements imports those values. If they are not included, Dorico Elements creates suitable settings according to the number of instruments in the file.

  • You can also import MusicXML and MIDI files as new flows in existing projects, rather than opening them as separate projects.

  • In Dorico Elements, the maximum number of players you can have in a single project is 24. If you open a project that contains more than 24 players, it opens in read-only mode.