Deleting accidentals

You can delete accidentals according to their type, and you can delete all accidentals from a selection of notes with different accidentals at the same time. This changes the pitch of the selected notes.


These steps do not apply to cautionary accidentals, such as those shown on natural notes that follow the same notes with an accidental but in a different octave. In Dorico Pro, you can hide, show, or parenthesize cautionary accidentals in each flow and on individual notes.


  1. In Write mode, select the notes whose accidentals you want to delete.
  2. Delete accidentals in any of the following ways:
    • To delete naturals, press 0.

    • To delete flats, press -.

    • To delete sharps, press =.

    • In the Notes panel, click the accidentals you want to delete.


The corresponding accidentals are deleted from the selected notes. This changes their pitch. For example, deleting the sharp from a G turns it into G.

  • Depending on the accidental duration rule applied to the flow, deleting accidentals might cause accidentals to appear on subsequent notes of the same pitch in the same bar. When you select single notes or multiple notes in the same voice at the same rhythmic position, their pitches are shown in the status bar and as depressed keys in the Keyboard panel.

  • To delete accidentals from a selection of notes with different accidentals, we recommend that you revert them all to natural by pressing 0 or clicking Natural in the Notes panel. This is because re-inputting an accidental over a selection of notes with different accidentals adds that accidental to every note in the selection. For example, two Gs followed by two Gs become four Gs if you re-input a sharp. If you click Sharp or press = twice, all accidentals are deleted.