Changing the staff-relative placement of items

You can flip any item that can be placed both above/below the staff to change their staff-relative placement; for example, if you want to change the stem direction of notes quickly. For many items, you can do this for the current layout and frame chain only or for all layouts and frame chains.


These steps do not apply to text in text frames or pedal lines.


  • If you are in Engrave mode, Graphic Editing Graphic Editing button is selected in the Engrave toolbox.

  • You have chosen the appropriate property scope for local properties.


  1. Select the items you want to flip. You can do this in Write mode and Engrave mode.
    • You cannot flip items during note input. You cannot flip text items when the text editor is open.

    • If you want to select parts of items, such as articulations, a single notehead within a tie chain, or a single fermata, you must be in Engrave mode.

    • To select multiple items of the same type, you can use large selections and/or filters.

  2. Press F.


The staff-relative placement of the selected items is changed by setting Placement, Position, or Direction properties appropriately in the corresponding groups of the Properties panel. If the property scope was set to Locally, this change only takes effect in the current layout and frame chain for items whose staff-relative placement properties are local.

Deactivating these properties resets items to their default placement.

  • If you flipped multiple multi-segment slurs or tuplet brackets with different hook directions at the same time, all selected items are set to either above or below the staff, unless they all originally had compatible directions set.

  • You can change the default staff-relative placement of many items on the corresponding pages in Engraving Options.

After Completing This Task

If you need to move items to different graphical positions, you can move them graphically in Engrave mode.