Lengthening/Shortening custom brackets/braces

You can lengthen/shorten custom brackets/braces vertically to change the staves across which they span; for example, if you added a new player below a bracket group and want to extend the bracket 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 bracket/brace you want to lengthen/shorten.

    You only need to select a handle on one bracket/brace 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.

    • Click and drag them upwards/downwards to staves above/below.


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


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

You can undo this action, but the previous length of any shortened brackets/braces is only restored if you lengthened/shortened brackets/braces using the keyboard.