Assigning music frames to frame chains

You can change the frame chains to which music frames belong. For example, if you want to control what music appears in specific music frames. This applies to both page template and layout music frames.

  • New music frames on a page always start a new frame chain, regardless of their type.

  • If the First page template does not contain a music frame assigned to the same frame chain as the Default page template, Dorico Pro cannot use it automatically; instead, all pages use the Default page template.


  • Frames Frames button is selected in the Engrave toolbox.

  • If you want to assign music frames to frame chains on a page template, you have opened the page template in the page template editor.


  1. In Engrave mode, click Frame Chain in the music frame whose frame chain you want to change.
  2. In the Frame Chain list, select the frame chain to which you want to assign the music frame.
    • You cannot select layout frame chains for frames in the page template editor.

    • If you do not want to use any of the available frame chains, click Unlink.

  3. Click outside of the selector to close it.


The music frame is assigned to the selected frame chain. All settings from the frame chain are applied to the frame, such as the players and flows displayed.