Inputting text

You can input text at specific rhythmic positions in the score. You can input text for single staves or input system text that applies to all staves.


If you want to insert text that is independent of rhythmic positions and attached to a particular page, you can use text frames.


  1. In Write mode, do one of the following:
    • Start note input.

    • Select an item at the rhythmic position where you want to input text.

  2. Open the text editor in any of the following ways:
    • To input staff text, press Shift-X or click Text in the Notations toolbox.

    • To input staff text with a specific paragraph style, choose Write > Create Text > [Paragraph style].

    • To input system text, press Shift-Alt/Opt-X.

    • To input system text with a specific paragraph style, choose Write > Create System Text > [Paragraph style].

  3. Enter the text you want.
  4. Optional: Press Return to insert a line break.
  5. Optional: Use the text editor options to format the text.
  6. Press Esc or Ctrl/Cmd-Return to close the text editor.


During note input, the text you entered into the text editor is input at the caret position. It is automatically placed above the staves to which it applies, using the default paragraph style, and follows your project-wide settings for the vertical position of text.

When adding text to existing music, it is input at the position of the earliest selected item.

  • In Dorico Pro, system text is categorized as a system object. Therefore, system text follows your per-layout settings for the visibility and positioning of system objects.

  • You can change the default position of all text items outside of the staff and other items, and whether text items avoid collisions by default, on the Text page in Engrave > Engraving Options.

  • You can assign key commands for inputting text with specific paragraph styles, for both Create Text and Create System Text, on the Key Commands page in Preferences.