Hiding/Showing or parenthesizing accidentals

You can hide/show individual accidentals, or show them in round or square brackets, including cautionary accidentals shown by default. For example, you can show cautionary accidentals on subsequent notes in tie chains that cross system/frame breaks by showing accidentals in round brackets. You can do this for the current layout and frame chain only, or for all layouts and frame chains.


  • The lower zone is shown.

  • Properties is selected in the lower zone toolbar.

  • If you are in Engrave mode, Graphic Editing Graphic Editing button is selected in the Engrave toolbox.

  • You have chosen the appropriate property scope for local properties.


  1. Select the notes whose accidentals you want to hide/show or parenthesize. You can do this in Write mode and Engrave mode.

    You can only select individual noteheads within tie chains in Engrave mode.

  2. In the Properties panel, activate Accidental in the Notes and Rests group.
  3. Select one of the following options from the menu:
    • Hide

    • Show

    • Round brackets

    • Square brackets


Accidentals on the selected notes are shown, hidden, or shown in round or square brackets. If the property scope was set to Locally, this change only takes effect in the current layout and frame chain.

If colors for accidentals are shown, accidentals that you have shown manually appear teal.

  • Hiding accidentals does not affect the pitch of notes in playback.

  • If you are hiding/showing many accidentals, we recommend that you consider changing the accidental duration rule.

  • You can assign key commands for different accidental hiding, showing, and parenthesizing commands on the Key Commands page in Preferences.

After Completing This Task

You can also hide/show or parenthesize accidentals on artificial harmonics shown using diamond noteheads, independently of the normal noteheads that indicate the stopped pitch.