Hiding/Showing stems

You can hide/show the stems on notes with any notehead design. For example, you might hide stems 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/deactivate Hide stem in the Notes and Rests group.


The stems and any applicable flags of the selected notes are hidden when Hide stem is activated, and shown when it is deactivated.

  • Beams are only hidden when you hide the stems of all notes in beamed groups.

  • You can assign a key command for Toggle Hide Stem on the Key Commands page in Preferences.


Figure 1. Stems shown
Figure 2. Stems hidden