Changing the first system indent

By default in Dorico Elements, the first system of each flow is indented in part layouts. You can change the indent for the first system of all flows in each layout independently.


  1. Press Ctrl/Cmd-Shift-L to open Layout Options.
  2. In the Layouts list, select the layouts whose first system indent you want to change.

    By default, the layout currently open in the music area is selected when you open the dialog. You can select other layouts by using the selection options in the action bar, clicking and dragging across multiple layouts, Shift-clicking adjacent layouts, and Ctrl/Cmd-clicking individual layouts.

  3. In the category list, click Staves and Systems.
  4. In the Staff Labels section, change the value for Indent first system of flow by.
  5. Activate/Deactivate Apply indent when staff labels are shown.
  6. Click Apply, then Close.


The indent of the first system of all flows is changed in the selected layouts.

If you deactivated Apply indent when staff labels are shown, first systems with staff labels are only indented by the space required for their staff labels.