Creating centered beams

You can make beams appear in the middle of staves, with high notes above the beam and lower notes below the beam. You can do this for the current layout and frame chain only or for all layouts and frame chains.


As this action requires changing the direction of some stems in order to appear correctly, it is located in the Stem submenu rather than Beaming in the Edit menu.


  • If you are in Engrave mode, Graphic Editing is selected in the Engrave toolbox.

  • You have chosen the appropriate property scope for local properties.


  1. Select at least one note in each of the beams you want to center. You can do this in Write mode and Engrave mode.
  2. Choose Edit > Stem > Force Centered Beam. You can also choose this option from the context menu.


Beams are centered between the notes in the selected beam groups. If the property scope was set to Locally, this change only takes effect in the current layout and frame chain.

If you select notes in multiple beams, each beam is centered separately. If you want to create a single centered beam, you can beam the notes in those beam groups together. You can do this both before and after centering the beams.

  • Dorico Pro automatically angles the beam based on the shape of the phrase, but you can change the angles or slants of beams manually.

  • You can assign a key command for Force Centered Beam on the Key Commands page in Preferences.