Inputting numbered bar regions

You can input numbered bar regions using the repeats popover.


  1. In Write mode, on the staff where you want to number bars, select items that span the required duration.
  2. Open the repeats popover in any of the following ways:
    • Press Shift-R.

    • In the Notations toolbox, click Popovers Popovers button, then Repeats Repeats button.

  3. Enter numbars into the popover.
  4. Press Return to close the popover.


A numbered bar region spanning the selected duration is input.

By default, bar counts are shown on every bar in the region. If the numbered bar region lasts four or more bars, Dorico Elements adds the total range in parentheses to the count on the first bar, such as showing “1 (-8)” on the first bar in a numbered bar region lasting eight bars.

  • You can also input numbered bar regions during note input; however, this only inputs a numbered bar region in the bar containing the currently selected note.

  • You can also input numbered bar regions by clicking Create Numbered Bar Region in the Numbered Bars section of the Repeat Structures panel, or by choosing Write > Create Numbered Bar Region. You can assign a key command for this option on the Key Commands page in Preferences.

  • Numbered bar regions are hidden in full score layouts and shown in part layouts by default, but you can choose to hide/show numbered bar regions in any layout.