Hiding/Showing or parenthesizing harmonic accidentals

You can hide/show individual harmonic accidentals, or show them in round or square brackets, independently of hiding/showing or parenthesizing accidentals of stopped pitch notes. For example, you can show cautionary accidentals on subsequent notes in tie chains that cross system/frame breaks by showing accidentals in round brackets. You can do this for the current layout and frame chain only or for all layouts and frame chains.


  • 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 the harmonics whose accidentals you want to hide/show or parenthesize. You can do this in Write mode and Engrave mode.

    You can only select individual noteheads within tie chains in Engrave mode.

  2. In the Properties panel, activate Accidental in the Harmonics group.
  3. Select one of the following options from the menu:
    • Hide

    • Show

    • Round brackets

    • Square brackets


Accidentals on the selected harmonics are shown, hidden, or shown in round or square brackets. If the property scope was set to Locally, this change only takes effect in the current layout and frame chain.

  • Hiding accidentals does not affect the pitch of notes in playback.

  • If you are hiding/showing many accidentals, we recommend that you consider changing the accidental duration rule.

  • You can assign key commands for different accidental hiding, showing, and parenthesizing commands on the Key Commands page in Preferences.

After Completing This Task

You can also hide/show or parenthesize accidentals on the normal noteheads that indicate the stopped pitch for artificial harmonics shown using diamond noteheads.