Showing instrument/player names in staff labels

You can change whether staff labels show instrument or player names for each player in each layout independently. For example, you can show the player names for percussionists in full score layouts and instrument names in percussion 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 change the contents of staff labels.

    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 Staves and Systems.
  4. In the Staff Labels section, in the Show player name instead of instrument names list, activate the checkbox for each player whose player name you want to show in staff labels.
  5. Click Apply, then Close.


Player names are shown for players when their checkbox is activated. Instrument names are shown for players when their checkbox is deactivated.

Full and short player names are used according to your staff label settings.

After Completing This Task

You can change the full and short names for each instrument and player.