Aligning text items with the start of systems

You can align individual text items whose rhythmic position is at the start of systems with the systemic barline rather than the first note/rest, independently of the system alignment setting for their paragraph style. 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 text items you want to align with the start of systems. You can do this in Write mode and Engrave mode.
  2. In the Properties panel, activate Align with system start in the Text group.
  3. Activate/Deactivate the corresponding checkbox.


The selected text items are aligned with the start of systems when the checkbox is activated, and aligned with the first note/rest in systems when the checkbox is deactivated. If the property scope was set to Locally, this change only takes effect in the current layout and frame chain.

When the property is deactivated, text items follow the system alignment setting of their paragraph style.


You can change the default alignment of each paragraph style relative to the start of systems in the Paragraph Styles dialog.


Figure 1. Text aligned with the first note in the system
Figure 2. Text aligned with the start of the system