Hiding stems

You can hide the stems on notes with any notehead design. For example, if you do not want to show exact rhythms in an unmeasured passage.

Dorico Pro allows you to hide stems rather than using a stemless notehead design as this allows you to hide the stem of any notehead design.


  • The lower zone is shown.

  • Properties is selected in the lower zone toolbar.

  • Graphic Editing Graphic Editing button is selected in the Engrave toolbox.


  1. In Engrave mode, select the notes whose stems you want to hide.
  2. In the Properties panel, activate Hide stem in the Notes and Rests group.


The stems and any applicable flags of the selected notes are hidden. The stems remain completely hidden even if you later change the pitch of the notes.

If the selected notes are part of beamed groups, the beams continue to be shown as normal, unless you have hidden the stems of all notes in the beamed group, which also hides the beam.


Figure 1. Stems shown
Figure 2. Stems hidden