Frame breaks

In Dorico Pro, you can use frame breaks to push musical material into the next frame, which is usually on the next page, meaning you can use frame breaks to create page breaks. For example, you can use frame breaks to insert page turns at specific positions in part layouts.

Frame breaks are indicated by signposts, which you can hide/show at any time. They are also layout-specific, meaning each layout can have frame breaks at different rhythmic positions.

  • Frame breaks at the start of frames that were created using Make into Frame have Wait for next frame break activated in the Format group of the Properties panel by default. When this property is activated, Dorico Pro creates a frame containing all material between that frame break and the next frame break. If you later delete subsequent frame breaks, this creates very full frames with tightly spaced, or overlapping, systems. For example, if you delete all subsequent frame breaks, all music until the end of the flow is forced into a single frame.

  • You can also control the content of music frames by fixing the number of systems per music frame in each layout.