Inputting string indicators outside the staff with the panel

You can input string indicators outside the staff using the Playing Techniques panel, both during note input and by adding them to existing music.

  • You cannot input string indicators with duration during note input when using the panel. You can only do so when using the popover.

  • These steps describe inputting with the default mouse input preference Create item at selection. If you want to input the same string indicator in multiple places, change your mouse input preference to Load pointer with item so that you do not have to reselect the string indicator for each note.


  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 string indicator outside the staff. If you want to input a string indicator with a duration line, select items on the staff that span that duration.

  2. In the Notations toolbox, click Panels Panels button, then Playing Techniques Playing Techniques button to show the Playing Techniques panel.
  3. In the Playing Techniques panel, expand the Guitar section.
  4. Click the string indicator you want.


The specified string indicator is input. It is considered voice-specific by default, meaning it only applies to the voice indicated by the caret indicator during step input or the selected voice when adding string indicators to existing notes. It is automatically placed above the staff for up-stem voices and below the staff for down-stem voices.

During note input, string indicators are input at the caret position, even if your preference is set to Load pointer with item.

When adding string indicators to a single existing note, they are added to the selected note only and have no duration. When adding string indicators to a range of notes, they are added to the first note in the selection and have duration, which applies until the end of the selection.

By default, string indicators have dashed duration lines with a hook cap at the end.

After Completing This Task

  • If you input string indicators without duration but want to show dashed duration lines, you can add them.

  • You can change the staff-relative placement of string indicators.