Changing vertical spacing settings

Next, you can reduce the default vertical spacing settings to reduce the minimum amount of space Dorico allows for staves and systems.

Dorico automatically performs collision avoidance calculations for high or low notes, dynamics, text, and so on. These gaps change the spacing in addition to collision avoidance.


  1. Press Ctrl/Cmd-Shift-L to open Layout Options.
  2. Click Vertical Spacing in the category list.
  3. In the Ideal Gaps section, for Braced staff to braced staff, enter 4 7/8.
  4. For Inter-system gap, enter 8.
  5. Click Apply, then Close.


All staves and systems move closer together, getting the page count close to two.

Full score with vertical spacing gaps reduced