Moving rests vertically

You can change the vertical position of rests individually, for example, if you want to change the staff line from which a whole bar rest hangs, or you want to show rests for all voices at a particular rhythmic position.

Moving rests vertically shows multiple rests at that rhythmic position if more than one voice on the staff has a rest of the same duration. By default, Dorico Pro consolidates rests in multiple-voice contexts and automatically positions rests in multiple-voice contexts to avoid collisions.


You cannot change the vertical position of rests when using the mouse.


  1. Select the rests whose vertical positions you want to change, or rests at the rhythmic positions where you want to see rests for every voice. You can do this in Write mode and Engrave mode.
  2. In the Properties panel, activate Rest pos. in the Notes and Rests group.
  3. Change the value in the value field.


Increasing the value moves rests upwards, decreasing the value moves rests downwards. Position 0 is the middle line of the staff.

If there are multiple voices on the staff with rests of the same duration, multiple rests are now shown.

  • Deactivating Rest pos. returns the selected rests to their default positions.

  • You can choose to show all rests in every voice or only show one rest for all voices in the Rest positioning section of the Rests page in Notation Options.

  • You can change the horizontal position of rests, and the spacing around them, in Engrave mode when Note Spacing is activated, in the same ways as changing the position of notes.