Enabling/Disabling condensing

You can enable/disable condensing in each layout independently. For example, in a large-scale work with orchestra and chorus, you might want to condense vocal staves in the full score but show uncondensed vocal staves in a custom vocal score.


Enabling condensing in any layout in a project can cause Dorico Pro to operate more slowly, due to the large number of calculations involved. Therefore, we recommend only enabling condensing after you have finished the majority of the required work, such as inputting notes and notations or adding flows.


You have input the notes and notations you want for each instrument onto their separate staves. If you have input the music for multiple parts onto the same staff, you can explode it.


  1. Press Ctrl/Cmd-Shift-L to open Layout Options.
  2. In the Layouts list, select the layouts in which you want to enable/disable condensing.

    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 Players in the page list.
  4. In the Condensing section, activate/deactivate Enable condensing.
  5. Click Apply, then Close.


Condensing is enabled in the selected layouts when the checkbox is activated, and disabled when the checkbox is deactivated.

  • In Write mode, you cannot select anything on condensed staves. In Engrave mode, you can select notes and items on condensed staves but you can only edit them graphically.

  • Condensed music often requires different rhythmic spacing than uncondensed music, for example, to accommodate the width of notes that are a small interval apart. Therefore, enabling condensing can cause the casting off in the layout to change.

  • Condensing is never enabled in galley view. If you want to see all staves separately without disabling condensing in the current layout, you can switch to galley view.

  • You can also enable/disable condensing in the current layout by choosing Edit > Condensing. You can also assign a key command to this on the Key Commands page in Preferences.

After Completing This Task

  • You can create custom condensing groups for each layout to control which staves condense together. You can also include/exclude individual condensing groups.

  • If you want more control over the condensing result, you can change condensing from selected rhythmic positions manually.