Inputting string indicators inside the staff

You can show a string indicator inside the staff for each fretted instrument note. You can do this for the current layout and frame chain only, or for all layouts and frame chains. Dorico Pro automatically detects a string that each pitch could be played on, but you can also specify the string manually.


These steps only apply to notes belonging to fretted instruments.


  • The lower zone is shown.

  • Properties is selected in the lower zone toolbar.

  • 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 notes belonging to fretted instruments beside which you want to show string indicators. You can do this in Write mode and Engrave mode.
  2. In the Properties panel, activate Show in the String Indicators group.


String indicators are shown in the staff beside each selected note. If the property scope was set to Locally, this change only takes effect in the current layout and frame chain.

Unless you have specified a string for each note, the string number shown in the string indicators is calculated automatically. String indicators inside the staff for open strings appear as a bold number zero without a circle enclosure.

By default, string indicators appear on the left of noteheads without left-hand fingerings and on the right of noteheads with left-hand fingerings.

After Completing This Task

  • You can specify the string on which notes are played, which affects the number shown in their corresponding string indicators.

  • You can change the notehead-relative position of string indicators.

  • You can change the default appearance of open string indicators.