Lengthening/Shortening custom barline joins

You can lengthen/shorten custom barline joins vertically to change the staves across which they span; for example, if you added a new player below a barline join and want to extend the barline join to that staff.


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


  1. In Engrave mode, select a handle at either the top or bottom of each barline join you want to lengthen/shorten.

    You only need to select a handle on one barline join for each bracket and barline change, as they apply from their signpost until the next existing change or the end of the flow, whichever comes first.

  2. Move the handles in any of the following ways:
    • To move them to the staff above, press Alt/Opt-Up Arrow.

    • To move them to the staff below, press Alt/Opt-Down Arrow.


The selected barline joins are lengthened/shortened to staves above/below. This affects the staves included in the barline joins on all systems to which the corresponding bracket and barline changes apply.


Only one barline join can exist on each staff, they cannot overlap. If any part of a selected barline join collides with another barline join when it is lengthened/shortened, the other barline join is shortened to accommodate this.

You can undo this action, which restores the previous length of any shortened barline joins.