Changing the column of accidentals

You can change the column of individual accidentals, independently of your project-wide settings for accidental stacking. For example, to show specific accidentals closer to the stem than other accidentals in the chord. 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.

  • Graphic Editing Graphic Editing button is selected in the Engrave toolbox.

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


  1. In Engrave mode, select the notes or accidentals whose accidental column you want to change.
  2. In the Properties panel, activate Accidental column in the Notes and Rests group.
  3. Change the value in the value field.


The column of the selected accidentals is changed. Accidentals with lower Accidental column values are placed closer to noteheads, while accidentals with higher values are placed further from noteheads. If necessary, Dorico Pro automatically changes the column of other accidentals at the same rhythmic position.

If the property scope was set to Locally, this change only takes effect in the current layout and frame chain.


You can customize the default settings for the stacking of accidentals project-wide in the Stacking section of the Accidentals page in Engraving Options.