Changing the curvature direction of slurs

You can change the curvature direction of individual slurs so that they curve upwards, downwards, or have a multi-segment S-shape, independently of your project-wide settings. 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.

  • 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 slurs whose curvature direction you want to change. You can do this in Write mode and Engrave mode.
  2. In the Properties panel, activate Direction in the Slurs group.
  3. Choose one of the following options:
    • Up

    • Down

    • Up/Down (mirrored S-shape)

    • Down/Up (S-shape)


The curvature direction of the selected slurs is changed. If the property scope was set to Locally, this change only takes effect in the current layout and frame chain.

  • You can adjust the precise shapes of slurs, and each slur segment, in Engrave mode using the handles on each slur.

  • You can change the default curvature direction behavior of all slurs project-wide on the Slurs page in Engraving Options.