Changing the arrangement of compound chord symbols

You can change the arrangement of individual polychord and altered bass note chord symbols, independently of your project-wide settings. For example, if you want to show some polychord chord symbols stacked vertically but others in a horizontal row. You can do this for the current layout and frame chain only, or for all layouts and frame chains.


  • The lower zone is shown.

  • Properties is selected in the lower zone toolbar.

  • If you are in Engrave mode, Graphic Editing Graphic Editing button is selected in the Engrave toolbox.

  • You have chosen the appropriate property scope for local properties.


  1. Select the compound chord symbols whose arrangement you want to change. You can do this in Write mode and Engrave mode.
  2. In the Properties panel, activate Compound chord arrangement in the Chord Symbols group.
  3. Select one of the following options from the menu:
    • Diagonal arrangement

    • Stacked arrangement

    • Linear arrangement


The arrangement of the selected compound chord symbols is changed. If the property scope was set to Locally, this change only takes effect in the current layout and frame chain.


You can change the default arrangement of all polychord and altered bass note chord symbols project-wide and independently of each other on the Chord Symbols page in Engraving Options.


Figure 1. Diagonal arrangement
Figure 2. Stacked arrangement
Figure 3. Linear arrangement