Changing the staff size

Staff size is determined using either the height of each space or the height of the staff overall, for which there are traditional rastral sizes. Finding the most appropriate staff size is often the quickest way to improve the look of scores, such as when the size is too large and systems start to overlap.

Although 7 mm is the most commonly used staff size for part layouts, a slightly smaller 6.5 mm staff size is still fine for a pianist to read from and will further reduce the pages required. Larger staff sizes are popular among players whose instruments require them to be further from the stand, such as trombone or contrabass players


  1. Press Ctrl/Cmd-Shift-L to open Layout Options.
  2. Click Page Setup in the category list.
  3. In the Space Size section, select Size 4 (6.5mm) from the Rastral size menu.
  4. Click Apply, then Close.


The staff size is reduced, and now the piece fits on three pages.

Full score with staff size reduced