Changing existing cues to rhythmic cues

Cues normally show pitched material played by a specific instrument. However, you can change existing cues showing pitched material into rhythmic cues that only show the rhythm of the cued music. This can be helpful for passages where many instruments play the same distinctive rhythm together.


  • 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.


  1. Select the labels of the cues you want to change into rhythmic cues. You can do this in Write mode and Engrave mode.
  2. In the Properties panel, activate Rhythmic cue in the Cues group.


The selected cues are shown as rhythmic cues. They are automatically positioned above the staff according to your setting for Distance from space above staff in the Rhythmic Cues section of the Cues page in Engraving Options.


Deactivating Rhythmic cue returns the selected cues back to normal cues. This includes cues from unpitched percussion instruments that are automatically input as rhythmic cues.

If you deactivate Rhythmic cue for cues from unpitched percussion instruments, the cues are positioned on the middle line of the staff by default.