Changing the chord diagram shape

You can change the chord diagram shape shown at individual rhythmic positions; for example, if you require a shape with a different voicing. Many chords have multiple playable shapes.

You can also apply your changes to all other instances of the same chord for instruments with compatible tunings.


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


  1. Select the chord diagram whose shape you want to change. You can do this in Write mode and Engrave mode.

    You can only change the shape of a single chord diagram at a time.

  2. Change the shape in any of the following ways:
    • To cycle through all the available shapes for the selected chord, press Alt/Opt-Q.

    • To open the Choose Chord Diagram dialog and see all the available shapes for the selected chord at once, press Shift-Alt/Opt-Q.

  3. Optional: In the Choose Chord Diagram dialog, select the shape you want to use.

    If the shape you require is not available, you can click Edit, which allows you to create a new shape.

  4. Click OK to save your changes and close the dialog.
  5. Optional: To apply the new shape to other instances of the same chord for instruments with compatible tunings, choose Edit > Notations > Chord Symbols and Diagrams > Copy Shape to Matching Chord Symbols. You can also choose this option from the context menu.


The shape shown for the selected chord diagram is changed. This also updates all other chord diagrams using the same fretted instrument tuning at the same rhythmic position.

Your most recently selected chord diagram shapes are automatically shown when you subsequently input the same chord symbols at other rhythmic positions in the flow.