Changing the voice of existing notes

You can change the voice of notes after they have been input, including notes in slash voices. For example, you can change notes in an up-stem voice to a down-stem voice or a slash voice.


  1. In Write mode, select the notes whose voice you want to change.

    You can use large selections and filters to select many notes in the same voice quickly.

  2. Change the voice in any of the following ways:
    • To change the selected notes to a new normal voice, press Shift-V or click Create Voice in the Notes toolbox.

    • To change the selected notes to a new slash voice, press Shift-Alt/Opt-V. You can also click and hold Create Voice in the Notes toolbox, then click Create Slash Voice .

    • To change the selected notes to an existing voice, press V or click Next Voice in the Notes toolbox to cycle through active voices on the staff.


The voice of the selected notes is changed, which might cause Dorico Elements to change the stem directions of the selected notes and other notes on the staff. Rests appear as required around notes in different voices.

If you changed notes to a slash voice, they no longer play back.


You can also change the voice of selected notes by choosing Edit > Notations > Voices > Change Voice > [Voice]. You can also choose these options from the context menu. If there is only one voice on the staff, you can create a new voice for your selected notes.

After Completing This Task

  • You can later delete or hide rests and change the stem direction of notes manually.

  • You can also change whole voices into slash voices.