Moving rests vertically

You can change the vertical position of rests individually; for example, if you want to change the staff line from which a whole bar rest hangs, or you want to show rests for all voices at a particular rhythmic position. You can do this for the current layout and frame chain only, or for all layouts and frame chains.

Moving rests vertically shows multiple rests at that rhythmic position if more than one voice on the staff has a rest of the same duration. By default, Dorico Pro consolidates coincident rests of the same duration in multiple-voice contexts and automatically positions rests in multiple-voice contexts to avoid collisions.


  • 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 rests whose vertical positions you want to change, or rests at the rhythmic positions where you want to see rests for every voice. You can do this in Write mode and Engrave mode.
  2. In the Properties panel, activate Rest pos. in the Notes and Rests group.
  3. Change the value in the value field.


Increasing the value moves rests upwards, decreasing the value moves rests downwards. Position 0 is the middle line of the staff. If there are multiple voices on the staff with rests of the same duration at the same rhythmic position, multiple rests are now shown.

If the property scope was set to Locally, this change only takes effect in the current layout and frame chain.

  • Deactivating Rest pos. returns the selected rests to their default positions.

  • You can choose to show coincident rests of the same duration in every voice or only show one rest for all voices in the Rest positioning section of the Rests page in Notation Options.

  • You can change the horizontal position of rests, and the spacing around them, in Engrave mode when Note Spacing is activated, in the same ways as changing the position of notes.