Hiding/Showing staff labels

You can show full or abbreviated instrument names in staff labels, or hide all staff labels entirely, in each layout independently. The first system in each flow and all subsequent systems can have different staff label lengths.

By default, full staff labels are shown on the first system of each flow and abbreviated staff labels are shown on subsequent systems in full score layouts. In part layouts, staff labels are not shown on any systems.


  1. Open Layout Options in any of the following ways:
    • Press Cmd-Shift-L.

    • In the toolbar, click Application Menu Application Menu button and choose Layout Options.

  2. In the Layouts list, select the layouts in which you want to hide/show staff labels.

    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 or by clicking and dragging across multiple layouts.

  3. Click Staves and Systems in the category list.
  4. In the Staff Labels section, choose one of the following options for Staff labels on first system:
    • Full

    • Abbreviated

    • None

  5. Choose one of the following options for Staff labels on subsequent systems:
    • Full

    • Abbreviated

    • None

  6. Click Apply, then Close.


Staff labels are hidden/shown on the corresponding staves in the selected layouts.

  • None hides staff labels.

  • Full and Abbreviated show staff labels using the corresponding instrument name length.

  • These settings apply to each flow in the layout, not the project as a whole. If, for example, you want to show full staff labels on the first system in the first flow in your project, but want to show abbreviated staff labels on the first systems of all subsequent flows, we recommend choosing the setting appropriate for the most flows in the layout, then changing the length of staff labels at other positions as required.

  • You can change both full and short instrument names in the Edit Instrument Names dialog.