Parenthesizing chord symbols

You can show individual chord symbols in parentheses; for example, to indicate optional chords. You can do this for the current layout and frame chain only or for all layouts and frame chains.


You cannot show parentheses on custom chord symbols; that is, chord symbols whose appearance you have overridden.


  • 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 chord symbols you want to parenthesize. You can do this in Write mode and Engrave mode.
  2. In the Properties panel, activate Parenthesized in the Chord Symbols group.


Parentheses are shown around each selected chord symbol. If the property scope was set to Locally, this change only takes effect in the current layout and frame chain.

Deactivating Parenthesized removes parentheses from the selected chord symbols.


Figure 1. Chord symbols without parentheses
Figure 2. Chord symbols with parentheses