Changing the default barline type in flows

By default, Dorico Pro uses single barlines to separate bars in flows. You can change which type of barline automatically separates bars in each flow independently. For example, short or tick barlines are frequently used for most barlines in chant notation.


  1. Press Ctrl/Cmd-Shift-N to open Notation Options.
  2. In the Flows list, select the flows whose default barline type you want to change.

    By default, only the current flow is selected when you open the dialog. You can select other flows by clicking Select All in the action bar, clicking and dragging across multiple flows, Shift-clicking adjacent flows, and Ctrl/Cmd-clicking individual flows.

  3. In the category list, click Barlines.
  4. Choose one of the following options for Default barline type:
    • Normal

    • Double

    • Dashed

    • Final

    • Tick (Top)

    • Tick (Bottom)

    • Short (Center)

    • Short (Top)

    • Thick

    • Start Repeat

    • End Repeat

    • End and Start Repeat

  5. Click Apply, then Close.


The default barline type in the selected flows is changed. This does not override any explicit barlines you have input, such as repeat barlines in repeat endings, or the final barlines in the selected flows.