Tucking index properties

The tucking index of notations determines their position relative to other notations in the vertical stacking order when multiple notations exist at the same rhythmic positions.

In most published music, the order in which items appear relative to each other is consistent. Dorico Pro uses established conventions to determine the position and placement of notations automatically. For example, where slurs and tuplet brackets exist at the same positions, Dorico Pro calculates their placement based on their relative lengths. If the slur is longer than the tuplet bracket, the slur is placed outside the tuplet bracket; if the tuplet bracket is longer than the slur, the slur is placed inside the tuplet bracket.

However, rules for the order and placement of articulations, slurs, tuplets, and octave lines frequently vary, based on their lengths and musical context. Therefore, you can override the automatic order and manually change the order in which they appear in specific contexts.

To allow you this flexibility, slurs, octave lines, and tuplets all have Tucking index properties in their respective Properties panel groups.

  • Articulations are considered alongside these notations when calculating the stacking order, but do not have a tucking index property.

  • Playing techniques have a separate tucking index that allows you to change the vertical order of playing techniques relative to each other.

A Tucking index value of 0 positions items closest to notes. The higher the number, the further away the item is positioned from notes in the stacking order.