Defining frame constraints

You can lock/unlock constraints on each side of frames independently, for example, if you want to unlock the bottom constraint only for frames that you want to have a fixed height.


If you want to define the constraints of frames on a master page, you have opened the master page in the master page editor.


  1. In the Engrave toolbox, click Frames to show the Frames panel.
  2. In the music area, select the frame whose constraints you want to define.

    You can only define constraints for a single frame at a time.

  3. In the Constraints section, click the constraints that correspond to the sides of the frame that you want to lock/unlock.
    Figure 1. Locked constraint
    Figure 2. Unlocked constraint

    Frames must have at least one locked constraint from each pair of top/bottom and right/left, such as top and right.


The constraints of the selected frame are changed. This affects which edges are locked to the corresponding page margin and whether the size and/or shape of the frame is changed on pages with different page sizes, orientations, and/or page margins. For example, frames with an unlocked top or bottom constraint have a fixed height. Similarly, frames with an unlocked right or left constraint have a fixed width.

After Completing This Task

You can change the size and/or shape of frames.