Erasing the background of line text

You can erase the background of text shown on individual lines, for example, to ensure they remain legible if they appear inside the staff. 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 lines whose text backgrounds you want to erase.

    You must select either only horizontal lines or only vertical lines.

  2. In the Properties panel, activate Erase background in either the Horizontal Lines or Vertical Lines group.


The backgrounds of text on the selected lines are erased. If the property scope was set to Locally, this change only takes effect in the current layout and frame chain.

Deactivating Erase background returns text on the selected lines to the default non-erased background.


Figure 1. Line text with non-erased background
Figure 2. Line text with erased background

After Completing This Task

You can change the padding between line text and each edge of their erased areas.