Hiding/Showing time signatures

You can hide/show time signatures without deleting them from your project. This hides/shows them in all layouts, not just the one currently open in the music area.


  • 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.


  1. Select the time signatures you want to hide, or the signposts of time signatures you want to show. You can do this in Write mode and Engrave mode.
  2. In the Properties panel, activate/deactivate Hide time signature in the Time Signatures group.


The selected time signatures are hidden in all layouts when Hide time signature is activated, and shown when it is deactivated.

Signposts are shown at the position of each hidden time signature. However, signposts are not printed by default.

  • Hidden time signatures do not take up any horizontal space, so hiding/showing time signatures affects note spacing.

  • You can hide/show time signature signposts by choosing View > Signposts > Time Signatures.

  • You can assign a key command for Hide/Show Item on the Key Commands page in Preferences, which applies to chord symbols, playing techniques, figured bass, text items, and time signatures.