Deleting the copyright text frame (Dorico Pro only)

By default, Dorico includes a text frame for the copyright notice at the bottom of the First master page (used for the first page of music). This piece does not require a copyright notice, so Dorico Pro users can delete it to increase the vertical space available for music and keep the bottom staves aligned across all pages.


  1. Switch to Engrave mode by either pressing Ctrl/Cmd-3 or clicking Engrave in the toolbar.
  2. In the Pages panel on the right of the window, double-click First in the Master Pages section.
    First master page selected in the Pages panel in Engrave mode
    • If the right panel isn’t shown, press Ctrl/Cmd-9 to show it.

    • This opens the First master page in the master page editor.

      First master page in the master page editor

  3. Select the copyright text frame at the bottom of the page on the right.

    Copyright text frame selected

    • Master pages in Dorico act as page pairs, allowing odd-numbered, right-hand pages to look different to even-numbered, left-hand pages if necessary. You could select the copyright frame on the left page as well, but then in step 7 you would need to click the other button.

  4. Press Backspace or Delete to delete the frame.

    Copyright text frame deleted

  5. Select the middle handle on the bottom edge of the music frame on the right page.

    Music frame bottom handle selected

    • You can do this by clicking anywhere on the frame edge to select the whole frame and show the handles, then click the middle handle. Or, when the whole frame is selected, press Tab to switch to having the handle in the top left corner selected, then press Down Arrow twice and Right Arrow once until the bottom middle handle is selected.

  6. Click and drag it down to the bottom page margin.

    Music frame bottom handle moved down to the bottom page margin

    • You can also press Ctrl/Cmd-Alt/Opt-Down Arrow until it reaches the bottom page margin.

  7. At the top of the music area, click Copy right to left Copy right to left button.
    • If you deleted the copyright frame on the left page, click Copy left to right Copy left to right button instead.

  8. At the top right of the music area, click Apply, then Close.


The copyright text token is removed from both sides of the First master page, and the music frame now extends to the bottom of the page. Page 1 in the layout automatically updates accordingly because it uses the First master page and doesn’t have any master page overrides that would prevent it picking up changes to the master page.