Moving accidentals graphically

You can move individual accidentals graphically to the right or left, independently of your project-wide settings for accidental spacing. For example, to reduce the horizontal spacing required for accidentals in a single dense chord. You can do this for the current layout and frame chain only, or for all layouts and frame chains.

You cannot move accidentals rhythmically. If you want to change the notes to which accidentals apply, you must delete them from their original notes and input new accidentals on the new notes or change the pitch of existing notes.


  • 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 accidentals you want to move. You can also select their noteheads.
  2. In the Properties panel, activate Accidental X offset in the Notes and Rests group.
  3. Move the accidentals in one of the following ways:
    • To move them to the right, increase the value in the value field.

    • To move them to the left, decrease the value in the value field.


The selected accidentals are moved graphically. If necessary, Dorico Pro automatically increases note spacing to accommodate the accidentals and avoid collisions.

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