Erasing the background of stems

You can erase the backgrounds of all stems project-wide; for example, to ensure hairpins remain legible when appearing close to the staff in tightly spaced scores.


  1. Press Ctrl/Cmd-Shift-E to open Engraving Options.
  2. In the category list, click Notes.
  3. In the Stems section, activate/deactivate Erase background behind stems with erasure of width [n] spaces.
  4. Optional: Change the value in the value field.
  5. Click Apply, then Close.


The backgrounds of all stems project-wide are erased when the option is activated, and not erased when the option is deactivated. The erasure padding follows your set value.


Figure 1. Stems crossed by hairpin with non-erased backgrounds
Figure 2. Stems crossed by hairpin with erased backgrounds