Changing the appearance of cautionary fingerings

You can change the appearance of cautionary fingerings individually and independently of your project-wide setting; for example, if you want particular fingerings to appear without parentheses or to hide specific cautionary fingerings. You can do this for the current layout and frame chain only, or for all layouts and frame chains.


These steps only apply to cautionary fingerings.


  • 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 noteheads whose cautionary fingering appearance you want to change.

    You must select the specific noteheads to which the cautionary fingerings apply, not the fingerings themselves.

  2. In the Properties panel, activate Cautionary in the Fingering and Positions group.
  3. Select one of the following options from the menu:
    • Default

    • With parentheses

    • Without parentheses

    • Suppress


The appearance of cautionary fingerings on the selected notes 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 appearance of all cautionary fingerings project-wide in the Alternative, Editorial and Cautionary section of the Fingering page in Engraving Options.