Lengthening/Shortening vertical lines

You can lengthen/shorten individual vertical lines to different staff positions. You can do this for the current layout and frame chain only or for all layouts and frame chains. By default, vertical lines span the range of all notes in the same voice at the same rhythmic position.


  • 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 vertical lines you want to lengthen/shorten. You can do this in Write mode and Engrave mode.
  2. In the Properties panel, activate the following properties, individually or together, in the Vertical Lines group:
    • Top position

    • Bottom position

  3. Change the values in the value fields.


The vertical length of the selected lines is changed. Increasing the values moves the corresponding end up by staff positions, decreasing the values moves the corresponding end down by staff positions. If the property scope was set to Locally, this change only takes effect in the current layout and frame chain.


You can move lines graphically in Engrave mode, including changing their graphical length.