Inserting frame breaks

You can insert frame breaks at any rhythmic position; for example, to create page turns at appropriate places in the current layout.


  • You have allowed/disallowed breaks within bars.

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

  • If you want to insert frame breaks in the middle of multi-bar rests, you have either hidden multi-bar rests in the layout or split multi-bar rests at the required positions.


  1. In Engrave mode, select a note or item at the rhythmic position you want to appear at the start of the next frame.
  2. Insert a frame break in any of the following ways:
    • Press Shift-F.

    • In the Formatting panel, click Create Frame Break in the Format Music Frames section.


A frame break is inserted at the rhythmic position of the earliest selected item. If breaks are disallowed within bars, it snaps to the preceding barline. All notations after the frame break are moved to the next music frame.


If you insert a frame break in the middle of a phrase in a two-bar or four-bar repeat region, Dorico Pro does not automatically move the frame break to before/after the phrase, causing it to be split across the frame break.