Hiding/Showing tacets

You can hide/show tacets in each layout independently; for example, if you want to show empty bars or multi-bar rests in some layouts to allow those players to add in notes on those staves later.


  • You have removed the player from the flows in which they do not play.

  • The flows are assigned to the part layout.

  • The flows are assigned to the page template frame chain in the part layout.


  1. Press Ctrl/Cmd-Shift-L to open Layout Options.
  2. In the Layouts list, select the layouts in which you want to hide/show tacets.

    By default, the layout currently open in the music area is selected when you open the dialog. You can select other layouts by using the selection options in the action bar, clicking and dragging across multiple layouts, Shift-clicking adjacent layouts, and Ctrl/Cmd-clicking individual layouts.

  3. In the category list, click Players.
  4. In the Tacets section, activate/deactivate Show tacet for flows where no players are assigned.
  5. Click Apply, then Close.


Tacets are shown in the selected layouts when Show tacet for flows where no players are assigned is activated and the prerequisite criteria are also met.

When it is deactivated, any flows to which the player is not assigned do not appear in the layout. When the player is assigned to those flows, all bars in the flow are shown in the part, split into empty bars and multi-bar rests as appropriate for the flow.


If your project contains many short flows, which appear in part layouts as a single multi-bar rest labeled “Tacet”, showing all the bars separately can help make the length of flows clearer. You can do this by increasing the value for Minimum number of bars in flow to show ‘Tacet’ on the Rests page in Engraving Options.