Inputting clefs with the popover

You can input clefs using the clefs and octave lines popover, both during note input and by adding them to existing music. You can also use the popover to change the type of existing clefs.

  • 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.

  • 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. Optional: If you want to input clefs onto multiple staves at once, extend the caret to those staves.
  3. Open the clefs and octave lines popover in any of the following ways:
    • Press Shift-C.

    • In the Notations toolbox, click Popovers Popovers button, then Clefs Clefs button.

  4. Enter the appropriate entry for the clef you want into the popover.

    For example, enter bass for a bass clef, alto for an alto clef, or treble+1t for a treble clef shifted up one octave in transposed pitch layouts.

  5. Press Return to close the popover.


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.