Inputting clefs with the panel

You can input clefs using the Clefs panel, both during note input and by adding them to existing music.

  • If you do not want to show any clef in any layout, you must input an invisible clef. You can also hide/show clefs according to the layout transposition.

  • These steps describe inputting with the default mouse input preference Create item at selection.

  • Many instruments in Dorico Pro have different types that show alternative clefs by default. You can select the appropriate instrument type from the instrument picker when adding or changing instruments.


  1. In Write mode, do one of the following:
    • Start note input.

    • Select an item on the staff and at the rhythmic position where you want to input a clef. If you want to add a restorative clef at a later position, select items on the staff that span the required duration.

  2. In the Notations toolbox, click Panels Panels button, then Clefs Clefs button to show the Clefs panel.
  3. In the Clefs panel, click the clef you want.


During note input, clefs are input at the caret position. Note input continues after inputting the clef, so you can continue inputting notes and clefs as required.

When you add clefs to existing music, clefs are added directly before a selected notehead, and apply to all notes on that staff until the next clef, or the end of the flow. When you add clefs to a range of selected items, restorative clefs are also added at the end of the selection.

Clefs apply to all notes on the staff until the next clef or the end of the flow, whichever comes first.