Changing the page size and/or orientation

You can change the page size and/or orientation of each layout independently. For example, you can use a large, landscape page in full score layouts and a small, portrait page for part layouts.


  1. Press Ctrl/Cmd-Shift-L to open Layout Options.
  2. In the Layouts list, select the layouts in which you want to change the page size and/or orientation.

    By default, the layout currently open in the music area is selected when you open the dialog. You can select other layouts by using the selection options in the action bar, Shift-clicking adjacent layouts, and Ctrl/Cmd-clicking individual layouts.

  3. Click Page Setup in the category list.
  4. In the Page Size section, select a page size from the Size menu.

    For example, you can select fixed page sizes, such as A3 or Letter, or select Custom to define your own page size.

  5. Optional: If you selected Custom, change the Width and Height of the page by changing the values in the value fields.
  6. Choose one of the following options for Orientation:
    • Portrait

    • Landscape

  7. Optional: Repeat steps 2 to 6 for other layouts whose page size/orientation you want to change.
  8. Click Apply, then Close.


The page size and/or orientation is changed for all the selected layouts.

  • Changing the page size of layouts might not change the paper size automatically selected for those layouts in the Print Options panel in Print mode. For example, if your default printer cannot print the page size selected for layouts, the largest paper size the printer can handle is selected. Similarly, if you had already set options for printing layouts before changing the page size in Layout Options, Dorico Pro attempts to preserve your original print options.

    Similarly, the page orientation is independent of the paper orientation. We recommend that you check that layouts have the correct paper orientation set for their page orientation in the Print Options panel in Print mode before printing/exporting, as it is possible to print landscape layouts on portrait paper and vice versa.

  • Changing the page size, orientation, and/or page margins can cause frames to appear with different sizes/shapes, depending on their frame constraints.