Hiding/Showing multi-bar rests

You can hide/show multi-bar rests in each layout independently, and choose whether or not to consolidate one-bar repeats. For example, you can hide multi-bar rests in full score layouts but show multi-bar rests in part layouts.


  1. Press Ctrl/Cmd-Shift-L to open Layout Options.
  2. In the Layouts list, select the layouts in which you want to hide/show multi-bar rests.

    By default, the layout currently open in the music area is selected when you open the dialog. You can select other layouts by using the selection options in the action bar, clicking and dragging across multiple layouts, Shift-clicking adjacent layouts, and Ctrl/Cmd-clicking individual layouts.

  3. In the category list, click Players.
  4. In the Bar Rests and Multi-bar rests section, choose one of the following options for Consolidate:
    • None

    • Multi-bar Rests

    • Multi-bar Rests and Bar Repeats

  5. Click Apply, then Close.


  • When you choose None, no multi-bar rests are shown in the selected layouts. Each empty bar is shown separately.

  • When you choose Multi-bar Rests, any adjacent empty bars are consolidated into multi-bar rests in the selected layouts. However, bar repeats prevent the consolidation of multi-bar rests, even if there are no other notes in those bars.

  • When you choose Multi-bar Rests and Bar Repeats, any adjacent empty bars or bars that only contain one-bar repeats are consolidated into multi-bar rests in the selected layouts. Multi-bar rest counts are also shown above consolidated one-bar repeats.


You can also hide/show H-bars and bar counts on all single bar rests project-wide in the Multi-bar Rests section of the Rests page in Engraving Options.