Hiding/Showing notation staves and tablature

You can show notation staves only, tablature only, or both in each layout independently and for each player holding at least one fretted instrument independently. For example, you can show only notation staves in the full score layout, but the notation staff and tablature in a guitar part layout.

When tablature is shown, it can appear with or without rhythms.


  1. Press Ctrl/Cmd-Shift-L to open Layout Options.
  2. In the Layouts list, select the layouts in which you want to hide/show tablature.

    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 Players.
  4. In the Fretted Instruments section, choose one of the following options for each player holding at least one fretted instrument in your project:
    • To show only notation staves and hide tablature, choose Notation only.

    • To show both notation staves and tablature, choose Notation and tablature.

    • To show only tablature and hide notation staves, choose Tablature only.

  5. Optional: If you chose Notation and tablature or Tablature only, activate/deactivate Show rhythms in tablature.
  6. Click Apply, then Close.


Notation staves and tablature are hidden/shown for the corresponding players in the selected layouts.

If tablature is shown, it appears with rhythms when Show rhythms in tablature is activated, and without rhythms when it is deactivated.


Figure 1. Notation only
Figure 2. Notation and tablature with rhythms
Figure 3. Notation and tablature without rhythms
Figure 4. Tablature only with rhythms
Figure 5. Tablature only without rhythms