Changing condensing options from rhythmic positions

You can change the settings of notation options for condensing for individual condensing groups from selected rhythmic positions onwards in individual layouts. For example, if you want to change the condensing result in specific systems.


We recommend only changing the minimum condensing options required, and only if changing the per-flow default condensing options, creating custom condensing groups, and starting new phrases from selected rhythmic positions has not produced the required condensing result.


  • You have enabled condensing in the current layout.

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


  1. In Engrave mode, open the layout in which you want to change condensing.
  2. Select an item at the rhythmic position where you want to change the condensing result.

    The item does not have to be on a condensed staff. Only one condensing change can exist at a rhythmic position, but it can change and reset different options for multiple condensing groups.

  3. Choose Engrave > Condensing Change to open the Condensing Change dialog.
  4. In the condensing groups list, activate the checkbox for each condensing group you want to include in the condensing change.

    Including condensing groups starts new phrases from the selected rhythmic position.

  5. Select a condensing group whose condensing options you want to change.

    You can only change or reset options for a single selected condensing group at a time.

  6. In the Notation Options section, activate each option you want to change.
  7. Choose Change for each activated option.
  8. Change the settings for the activated options as required.

    The prevailing settings for condensing options come from either previous condensing changes, if they exist, or the default settings for the flow in Notation Options.

  9. Optional: Repeat steps 5 to 8 for each condensing group whose condensing options you want to change from the selected rhythmic position.
  10. Click OK to save your changes and close the dialog.


The condensing result is changed in the current layout from the selected rhythmic position onwards. Dorico Pro recalculates the condensing result both before and after the condensing change for each condensing group whose checkbox you activated, as this treats the rhythmic position of the condensing change as the start of a new phrase.

The notation options you changed apply to the corresponding condensing groups until the next condensing change that changes or resets those options, if one exists, or the end of the flow, whichever comes first.

A signpost is shown at the position of the condensing change.