Showing only chord symbols or chord diagrams

You can show only the chord symbol or chord diagram for individual chord symbols on staves set to show chord diagrams. For example, if you want to show both the symbol and diagram for the first time each chord appears but only show chord symbols for subsequent instances. You can do this for the current layout and frame chain only, or for all layouts and frame chains.


  • You have shown chord diagrams for the players on whose staves you want to show only chord symbols or chord diagrams.

  • The lower zone is shown.

  • Properties is selected in the lower zone toolbar.

  • Graphic Editing Graphic Editing button is selected in the Engrave toolbox.

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


  1. Select the chord symbols whose shown symbols/diagrams you want to change. You can do this in Write mode and Engrave mode.
  2. In the Properties panel, activate Show only in the Chord Symbols group.
  3. Choose one of the following options:
    • Chord Symbol

    • Chord Diagram


The selected chord symbols show only symbols or diagrams. In systems containing both chord symbols and chord diagrams, chord symbols are aligned further from the staff than chord diagrams.

If the property scope was set to Locally, this change only takes effect in the current layout and frame chain.


Figure 1. Chord symbols shown
Figure 2. Chord diagrams shown (standard guitar tuning)