Showing single brackets on figured bass

You can show only a single left or right bracket on individual bracketed figured bass figures. For example, if you want to indicate that all figures between two bracketed figures are optional. You can do this for the current layout and frame chain only, or for all layouts and frame chains.


  • You have input figured bass figures with brackets.

  • 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 bracketed figures on which you want to show a single bracket. You can do this in Write mode and Engrave mode.
  2. In the Properties panel, activate Hide single bracket in the Figured Bass group.
  3. Choose one of the following options:
    • Start

    • End


Brackets are hidden on the corresponding side of the selected figures, leaving a single bracket on the other side. If the property scope was set to Locally, this change only takes effect in the current layout and frame chain.


Figure 1. Brackets shown on both sides of all figures
Figure 2. Brackets shown at the start of the first figure and the end of the last figure only