Changing the staff-relative placement of items

You can flip any item that can be placed both above/below the staff to change their staff-relative placement, for example, if you want to change the stem direction of notes quickly.


  1. Select the items you want to flip. You can do this in Write mode and Engrave mode.
    • You cannot flip items during note input.

    • If you want to select parts of items, such as a single notehead within a tie chain or articulations, you must be in Engrave mode.

  2. Press F.


The staff-relative placement of the selected items is changed by setting Placement or Direction properties appropriately in the corresponding groups of the Properties panel.

Deactivating these properties resets items to their default placement.


If you flipped multiple multi-segment slurs or tuplet brackets with different hook directions at the same time, all selected items are set to either above or below the staff, unless they all originally had compatible directions set.