Allowing/Disallowing tuplets to span barlines

You can allow tuplets to span barlines; for example, in Renaissance music, you might want tuplets to span tick barlines without affecting their notation. By default, Dorico Pro automatically splits tuplets over barlines so that both the durations of bars and the divisions in tuplets are clear.


  • 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 tuplet brackets or tuplet numbers/ratios of the tuplets you want to allow/disallow to span barlines. You can do this in Write mode and Engrave mode.
  2. In the Properties panel, activate/deactivate Spans barline in the Tuplets group.


The selected tuplets span barlines when Spans barline is activated, and are automatically split at barlines when it is deactivated.


Figure 1. A 16th note sextuplet across a barline, notated as two triplets
Figure 2. The same sextuplet allowed to span the barline

After Completing This Task

You can beam notes in the selected tuplets together.