Changing the shape of enclosures on single notes on tablature

Single notes on tablature require different enclosure shapes to chords as their overall dimensions can be very different, such as double-digit fret numbers often being wider than their height. You can show either all single notes in circle enclosures or show single-digit fret numbers in ellipse enclosures.


  1. Press Ctrl/Cmd-Shift-E to open Engraving Options.
  2. Click Tablature in the category list.
  3. In the Enclosures section, choose one of the following options for Enclosure shape for single notes:
    • Prefer circle

    • Allow ellipse

  4. Click Apply, then Close.


Prefer circle shows all single notes, with both single-digit and double-digit fret numbers, in circle enclosures.

Allow ellipse shows single-digit fret numbers in ellipse enclosures but double-digit fret numbers in circle enclosures.


Figure 1. Prefer circle
Figure 2. Allow ellipse