Inputting clefs with the popover

You can input clefs using the clefs and octave lines popover, both during note input and by adding them to existing music. You can also use the popover to change the type of existing clefs.


Many instruments in Dorico Elements have variants that show alternative clefs according to the layout transposition by default. You can select the appropriate instrument variant from the instrument picker when adding or changing instruments.


  1. In Write mode, do one of the following:
    • Start note input.

    • Select an item on each staff at the rhythmic position where you want to input a clef. If you want to add restorative clefs at later positions, select items that span the required duration.

  2. Optional: During note input, if you want to input notes and notations onto multiple staves, extend the caret to those staves.
  3. Open the clefs and octave lines popover in any of the following ways:
    • Press Shift-C.

    • In the Notations toolbox, click Popovers Popovers button, then Clefs Clefs button.

  4. Enter the appropriate entry for the clef you want into the popover.

    For example, enter:

    • bass for a bass clef.

    • alto for an alto clef.

    • treble+1t for a treble clef shifted up one octave in transposed pitch layouts.

  5. Press Return to close the popover.


During note input, clefs are input at the caret position on all staves across which the caret extends.

Clefs added to existing music are input on each selected staff, at the rhythmic position of the earliest selected either note or item, according to your item input position setting. When you add clefs to a range of selected items, restorative clefs are also added at the end of the selection.

Clefs apply to all notes on the staff until the next clef or the end of the flow, whichever comes first.