Moving chord symbol parentheses graphically

You can move individual chord symbol parentheses graphically to the right or left, independently of your project-wide setting. For example, to increase the space between specific chord symbols and their parentheses. 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.

  • 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 parenthesized chord symbols whose parentheses you want to move.
  2. In the Properties panel, activate the following properties, individually or together, in the Chord Symbols group:
    • Open parenthesis offset

    • Closed parenthesis offset

  3. Move the corresponding parentheses 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 corresponding parentheses for the selected parenthesized chord symbols are moved graphically. 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 gap between all chord symbols and parentheses project-wide in Engraving Options > Chord Symbols > Parentheses.