Hiding/Showing systemic barlines on single-staff systems

By default, systemic barlines are shown at the start of systems containing two or more staves and hidden on single-staff systems. You can hide/show systemic barlines on single-staff systems after the first system.

Showing systemic barlines on single-staff systems is a convention used in hand-copied lead sheets, usually in combination with no clefs being shown.


  1. Press Ctrl/Cmd-Shift-N to open Notation Options.
  2. In the Flows list, select the flows in which you want to hide/show systemic barlines after the first system.

    By default, only the current flow is selected when you open the dialog.

  3. Click Barlines in the category list.
  4. In the Systemic Barline subsection, choose one of the following options for Barline at start of systems following first system:
    • Show for one or more staves

    • Show for two or more staves

  5. Click Apply, then Close.