Editing the default instrument change label text

You can change the default instrument change label prefix and whether instrument change labels show full or short instrument names by default in each layout independently; for example, if you want to show full instrument names in part layouts but short instrument names in full score layouts.


  1. Press Ctrl/Cmd-Shift-L to open Layout Options.
  2. In the Layouts list, select the layouts in which you want to change the default content in instrument change labels.

    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 Instrument Changes section, choose one of the following options for Instrument names to use in change labels:
    • Full Names

    • Short Names

  5. Choose one of the following options for Prefix for instrument change warnings:
    • To

    • Take

    • Custom


    To and Take prefixes appear as appropriate for the current instrument name language setting.

  6. Optional: If you chose Custom, enter the text you want in the following fields, individually or together:
    • Custom prefix

    • Custom suffix

  7. Click Apply, then Close.


The length of instrument names and prefixes/suffixes in all instrument change labels in the selected layouts is changed.