Changing how altered unisons appear

You can change how individual altered unisons appear, including within chords containing other altered unisons, and independently of your per-flow settings. You can do this for the current layout and frame chain only, or for all layouts and frame chains.


  • The lower zone is shown.

  • Properties is selected in the lower zone toolbar.

  • If you are in Engrave mode, Graphic Editing Graphic Editing button is selected in the Engrave toolbox.

  • You have chosen the appropriate property scope for local properties.


  1. Select the altered unison notes whose appearance you want to change. You can do this in Write mode and Engrave mode.
  2. In the Properties panel, activate Split stem in the Notes and Rests group.
  3. Activate/Deactivate the corresponding checkbox.


The selected altered unison notes are shown with split stems when the checkbox is activated, and with single stems when the checkbox is deactivated. If the property scope was set to Locally, this change only takes effect in the current layout and frame chain.

  • Split stem applies to individual notes. You can have altered unisons appear differently within the same chord by setting their properties independently.

  • You can change the default appearance of all altered unisons in each flow independently in Notation Options > Accidentals > Altered Unisons.