Swapping the contents of voices

You can swap the contents of two voices that contain musical material.


  1. In Write mode, select the notes in two voices that you want to swap.
  2. Choose Edit > Notations > Voices > Swap Voice Contents. You can also choose this option from the context menu.


The contents of the voices are swapped. For example, the notes previously in an up-stem voice are now in a down-stem voice, and the notes previously in a down-stem voice are now in an up-stem voice.


Depending on the pitches involved in the swap and their stem directions, the notes might overlap. 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. However, if you want to change this arrangement, you can change the order of voices or change the voice column index.


Figure 1. An E is in the up-stem voice, an F in the down-stem voice.
Figure 2. After swapping their voice contents, the E is in the down-stem voice, and the F is in the up-stem voice.