Changing existing items

You can change all items that have an associated popover, rather than deleting them and inputting new ones. For example, if you want to change an 8va octave line into a 15va octave line or change a short fermata into a long fermata.


  1. Select the item or the signpost of the item you want to change.
  2. Open the popover for that item in any of the following ways:
    • Press Return.

    • Double-click the item.

  3. Change the existing entry in the popover.

    For chord symbols, you can also play the new chord on your MIDI keyboard.

  4. Press Return to close the popover.


The selected item is changed according to the new entry in the popover. This changes different parameters for different items, such as the duration of a hold or pause or the volume of a dynamic.

  • Any properties previously set on the item are reset.

  • If you change a fermata to a breath mark, only the fermata on the top staff is changed to a breath mark. If you change a caesura to a breath mark, a breath mark is input on the top staff at the end of the bar to which the caesura is attached. However, the existing caesura also remains on all staves.

  • If you open the playing techniques popover in this way, Dorico Pro inputs your new entry as a separate playing technique and does not delete the previous one.

  • If you change an immediate dynamic to a combined dynamic, such as to , or vice versa, Dorico Pro inputs your new entry as a separate dynamic and does not delete the previous one.